Evening at Egan to focus on climate change as part of JWAC forum

The keynote speaker for the 2011 Juneau World Affairs Council’s “The Politics of Climate Change” forum will present the next Evening at Egan at the University of Alaska Southeast. “Is Long-term Climate Policy Politically Feasible?” will be led by Detlef F. Sprinz of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the Egan Library.

In his talk, Sprinz will explore: What is the capacity for democratic institutions to respond to science? How can governments pursue long-term policies that impact large segments of society, where delay or failure to act prevents a return at least to the present state?

The JWAC forum runs from Thursday through Sunday, and brings together international experts on climate change and the threat of water shortages, human rights concerns and international security. For a complete schedule, event locations and bios of speakers visit www.jwac.org .

Sprinz is a senior scientist with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, a professor with the Department of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and chairman of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, Copenhagen.

His areas of research and publications encompass long-term policy, international institutions and the evaluation of their performance, European & international environmental policy, and modeling political decisions.

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