Reposting: Stephen Schneider’s Climate Outlook from 1979

March 12, 2023

From an early BBC production on climate change, thanks to reader @our_yesterdays for reminding me.


Stephen Henry Schneider (February 11, 1945 – July 19, 2010)[1] was Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford University, a Co-Director at the Center for Environment Science and Policy of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Schneider served as a consultant to federal agencies and White House staff in the Richard NixonJimmy CarterRonald ReaganGeorge H. W. BushBill ClintonGeorge W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

Schneider’s research included modeling of the atmosphereclimate change, and the effect of global climate change on biological systems. Schneider was the founder and editor of the journal Climatic Change and authored or co-authored over 450 scientific papers and other publications. He was a Coordinating Lead Author in Working Group II Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report and was engaged as a co-anchor of the Key Vulnerabilities Cross-Cutting Theme for the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) at the time of his death. During the 1980s, Schneider emerged as a leading public advocate of sharp reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming. In 2006 Professor Schneider was an Adelaide Thinker in Residenceadvising the South Australian Government of Premier Mike Rann on climate change and renewable energy policies.[2] In ten years South Australia went from zero to 31% of its electricity generation coming from renewables.

An annual award for outstanding climate science communication was created in Schneider’s honor after his death, by the Commonwealth Club of California.[3] The Stephen Schneider Memorial Lecture of the American Geophysical Union honors Schneider’s life and work.[4]


3 Responses to “Reposting: Stephen Schneider’s Climate Outlook from 1979”

  1. jimbills Says:

    Every single word is in the clip is golden.

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    I think he’s sitting at or near NCAR (the foothills of CO in the background). I remember driving up to NCAR about 20 years ago and walking around. There were guards everywhere armed with long-guns. I think I knew, even then, that what had happened to NCAR would eventually become a more generalized threat to all ‘elitist experts’ in America, in public health, economics, science, etc. And, imho, for the same reason: to support the energy status quo.

    Today, to keep people voting for fossil fuels, politicians are promising to save us from the ‘Woke Mob’, whatever that is…

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