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Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, to give public lecture March 31

PITTSBURGH:   Dr. Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, will be giving a free public lecture at 8 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Dr. Alley’s lecture, “Optimistic Opportunities in the Greenhouse: Energy, Environment, Ethics, and Our Future”, will be followed by a book signing.

The event is part of Chatham’s annual All-Campus Author series and is sponsored by the School of Arts, Science and Business and Chatham’s Global Focus program, which this year is celebrating the Year of Climate Change.

Dr. Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State University. Dr. Alley also hosted the PBS special Earth: The Operators’ Manual, which took him across the United States, and to China, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, and New Zealand in search of developments in sustainable energy. His research interests are glaciology, ice and climate, sea level change and abrupt climate change. Dr. Alley has received numerous awards for his work, and has published six other books.

Praise for Earth: The Operator’s Manual: 

This optimistic book ought to convince even the most obstinate climate-change denier.  – Publishers Weekly

“Alley thoroughly explains the dynamics of global warming and its negative consequences, and parses the economic benefits of renewable energy. He also forthrightly addresses ‘Climategate,’ the politicization of science, and common misperceptions that stoke skepticism about what he convincingly demonstrates is the ‘solid science’ of global warming. Alley concludes with suggestions for a ‘measured transition’ to a combination of wind, solar, sea, and geothermal power. Alley’s lively and positive Earth ‘operating manual’ is the substantial companion book for the PBS series of the same name.” – Booklist