Climate change expert James Lawrence Powell lecturing in Solvang

James Lawrence Powell is lecturing about the scientific evidence on climate change at the Solvang Library on Sept. 15.

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Geologist and climate change expert James Lawrence Powell is lecturing in the Solvang Library at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The event is co-sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society.

Powell, a Valley resident, is executive director of the National Physical Science Consortium. His lengthy academic resume includes serving as president of Oberlin College and Franklin and Marshall College. He also served on the National Science Board for 12 years.

Powell conducted a unique study over several years, reviewing the abstracts of thousands of peer-reviewed articles on global warming and climate change, looking for those that reject anthropogenic global warming (AGW). 

During 2013 and 2014 alone, only four of 69,406 authors of peer-reviewed articles on global warming, 0.0058% or 1 in 17,352, rejected AGW. 

Powell's latest pier-reviewed paper with his findings was published last month in the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society.

Powell has published a free mini-book with the intriguing title "Global Warming: Could Scientists Be Wrong." Copies will be available for signing at the lecture.

For more information, call the library at 688-4214 or visit syvnature.org.

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