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Earth Hour 2012: Queen's University global warming experts

2012-04-02

Queen’s University global warming expert David Thomson and climate change expert Harry McCaughey are available to comment on Earth Hour, a day to unite people to protect the planet. On March 31 at 8:30 p.m. organizers are asking the world to unplug for one hour in an effort to save the earth.

“I note that the Earth has been demoted to having an hour as opposed to a week or a month or even a day,” says Dr. Thomson.

Dr. Thomson is one of the pioneers of global warming research. His landmark study published in Nature in 1990, which has been cited by Al Gore, advanced the theory that the increase in the average global temperature was the result of the use of fossil fuels. A 1995 Science study was also cited by President Bill Clinton.

“Earth hour is a time for reflection on the state of the world's environment and what we are doing – or not doing – to make it better,” says Dr. McCaughey. “I will be reducing my use of energy as much as possible and thinking about the excess carbon entering the atmosphere and adding to our continuing climate change problems.”

Dr. McCaughey has over 30 years experience teaching microclimatology, climate change and data management.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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