A renowned climate scientist will be in Fairbanks this week, meeting with scientists, graduate students, climate activists, faith leaders, Native leaders and schoolchildren. She will also deliver three free public talks.

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who served as lead author for the National Climate Assessments under the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations. She also is the director of Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center.

She will speak on “Climate Change: From Cutting-Edge Science to Innovative Solutions” at 7 p.m. Monday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Salisbury Theatre. Arrive early to explore how Alaskans are addressing climate change. Booths will open in the Great Hall at 6 p.m.

This session is sponsored by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at UAF.

She will also speak on “Caring for People and Creation: The Roles of Faith and Science” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Friends Church, 1485 30th Ave. This session is sponsored by the Inter-Faith Working Group of the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition,

A third session, “Climate Change in an Oil Rich State: Lessons from Texas,” is at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Fairbanks City Council Chambers at City Hall on Cushman Street.

This is part of the ongoing Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. public lectures.

Hayhoe studies climate change and why it matters now. She is a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication Award and has been named to these lists: Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers and Fortune magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders.

She hosts and produces the PBS digital series “Global Weirding” and serves on advisory committees for a broad range of organizations, including the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Earth Science Women’s Network and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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