Tech & Science Climate Change Wallace Smith Broecker, the scientist who brought the term “global warming” into public awareness, has died at the age of 87. Broecker, who became known as the “Grandfather of Climate Science,” predicted in the 1970s that rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would lead to an increase in global temperatures. He also recognized what is known as the Ocean Conveyor Belt—a major scientific breakthrough that linked oceanography to climate. A spokesman from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker passed away at a New York City hospital on Monday. He had been ailing for the last few months, Associated Press reports. Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer told the news agency that Broecker—know as Wally to his friends—was “unique, brilliant and combative.” He said Broecker’s discoveries were fundamental to understanding how Earth’s climate had changed. “No scientist was more stimulating to engage with,” Oppenheimer said. “He was an instigator in a good way, willing to press unpopular ideas, like lofting particles to offset climate change. But it was always a two-way conversation, never dull, always educational. I’ll miss him.” Following the announcement, prominent scientists paid tribute to Broecker. Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State… Read full this story
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