by Erin Loury, Science Communication Intern
The world of climate change science mourns the loss of a great spokesman. Stephen Schneider, a leading climatologist, died July 19th at the age of 65.
Schneider, a professor at Stanford University, served on the international research panel on global warming that received the 2007 Nobel Prize along with former Vice President Al Gore. He also worked closely with Center for Ocean Solutions staff during the 2009 climate negotiations in Copenhagen. According to his wife, Stanford professor Terry Root, Schneider suffered a heart attack while onboard a plane as it landed in London.
Dubbed a “climate warrior” on the New York Times Dot Eath blog, Schneider spent his active career shining the spotlight on the causes and consequences of climate change. He was the founder and editor of the journal Climatic Change, and authored or co-authored over 450 scientific papers and other publications. In recent years, he battled with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, and in 2005 published a book on his ordeal called The Patient from Hell.
During his decades-long career to advance climate science, Schneider wrote a number of books charting the effects of climate change on wildlife and ecosystems in the United States, and later chronicled its effect on the nation’s politics and policy. He advised every presidential administration from Nixon to Obama. In 1992, he received a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation for his research.
During his lifetime, Schneider made great strides in communicating directly with the public, such as his recent book Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth’s Climate. He appeared on news and science television programs, wrote books and articles, blogged, and maintained a website called Mediarology to give scientists advice for engaging with the public. His strong voice and scientific
conviction in the climate change discussion will be sorely missed.