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INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED JOURNALIST AND ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHOR ROSS GELBSPAN WILL SPEAK AT BARD COLLEGE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 26 "No other reporter has told this story as comprehensively or explored the implications for human welfare as searchingly as Gelbspa

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-Ross Gelbspan, author of the groundbreaking book on climate change, The Heat Is On: The High Stakes Battle Over Earth's Threatened Climate, will speak at Bard College on Thursday, April 26. His talk, which will focus on the politics and science of current issues of climate change, begins at 7:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. The program, presented by the Earth Coalition at Bard, is free and open to the public.

Gelbspan retired several years ago after a 31-year career in journalism. He was special projects editor of The Boston Globe, where he conceived, directed, and edited a series of articles that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984. He has written extensively on climate change with articles in the Washington Post, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Boston Globe, Conservation Matters, and Sierra Magazine.

The Heat Is On has been translated into German, Italian, and Portuguese. (It's paperback title is The Heat Is On: the Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription). The book has received positive reviews in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Nature, and it received national attention when former President Clinton told the press he was reading it.

Gelbspan has given numerous radio and television interviews, including on Nightline, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. He was invited to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in 1998, where he addressed government ministers and leaders of multinational corporations.

Also during 1998, Gelbspan and Dr. Paul Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment of Harvard Medical School, assembled a group of economists, energy company presidents, and policy specialists to hammer out a set of strategies designed to dramatically accelerate the process of the Kyoto climate change treaty. They were invited to present those strategies at a conference in Buenos Aires in 1998. As a result of that presentation, the United Nations Development Programme invited them to mount a conference on those strategies in Bonn in 1999, during that round of negotiations. These strategies have been endorsed by a number of large NGOs in India, Mexico, Germany, Bangladesh, and elsewhere-as well as by a number of economists, energy specialists, and environmentalists in the U.S. and abroad.

For further information, call 845-758-6822 or e-mail

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This event was last updated on 04-17-2001