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Goodstein to Discuss National Initiative on Global Warming

December 8, 2006

Eban Goodstein, professor of economics at Lewis and Clark College, will discuss a new national initative on global warming when he visits Skidmore Friday, Sept. 29.

Goodstein will share information on Focus the Nation, a global warming educational project. The discussion is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Davis Auditorium. The public is welcome.

Focus the Nation is coordinating teams of faculty, students, and staff at more than 1,000 colleges and universities and high schools in the United States to participate in a nationwide, nonpartisan discussion on climate stabilization. The project will also include the participation of religious, civic and business organizations, and will culminate Jan. 31, 2008, in a one-day symposium to be held simultaneously on campuses across the country.

According to Karen Kellogg, director of Skidmore's Environmental Studies Prorgram, Focus the Nation could be a catalyzing event on par with Earth Day 1970 that could help turn the national conversation about global warming from fatalism to constructive engagement.

Goodstein, a former member of the Skidmore faculty, is the author of a college textbook, Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2004) now in its fourth edition, as well as The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment. (Island Press: 1999). His current research focuses on the economics of global climate change, a subject on which he has spoken widely.

Articles by Goodstein have appeared in a number of outlets, including The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Goodstein received a B.A. degree from Williams College and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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