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Analogies: learning to transform scientific discoveries into politics

Interview with Mario Molina, with Sébastien Treyer and Aleksandar Rankovic (Iddri), Alexis Bonnel (Afd) and Isabelle Biagiotti (AIDA, Regards sur la Terre).

Trump lays plans to reverse Obama’s climate change legacy – New York Times

“The message they are sending to the rest of the world is that they don’t believe climate change is serious. It’s shocking to see such a degree of ignorance from the United States,” said Dr Mario J. Molina, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist from Mexico who advises nations on climate change policy.

Scientists Call Out Pruitt’s False View of Climate Change – Inside Climate News

“Just as there is no escaping gravity when one steps off a cliff, there is no escaping the warming that follows when we add extra carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere,” the scientists wrote. The group included Nobel laureate chemist Mario Molina of the University of California, San Diego, and eight members of the National Academies of Science.

‘This … follows from the basic laws of physics’: Scientists rebuke Scott Pruitt on climate change – The Washington Post

The signatories included Nobel Laureate Mario Molina, Princeton climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer, the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Kevin Trenberth and the Carnegie Institution’s Ken Caldeira, among many others.

No cookie-cutter fixes on air pollution – Harvard Gazette

Molina called for improvements in public transportation as a way to cut pollution from automobiles. Part of the difficulty in encouraging people to leave their cars home has to do with a lack of viable alternatives, he said. It’s important that more research be done on both the science and policy fronts, he said. Answers found in Mexico could help developing cities in China and elsewhere, and vice versa, he said.

It’s Time for the Nobel Committee to Honor Climate Research – Wired

Now is the time to act. In September, the Nobel Committee sent out invitations to thousands of academics and laureates. These qualified nominators have until January 31 to submit Nobel-worthy research in climate science.

22 Nobel Prize winners urge Trump to respect ‘scientific integrity and independence’ – Washington Post

The list of distinguished signatories includes medical scientists, physicists, and many climate researchers. The Nobel Laureates include Harold Varmus, who headed the National Cancer Institute under President Obama; David Baltimore, the former president of Caltech; and Mario Molina, who helped discover the role of chlorofluorocarbons in depleting the ozone layer. James Hansen, the longtime NASA researcher who had previously denounced George W. Bush’s administration for interfering with his ability to communicate publicly the science of climate change, also signed the letter.

International negotiators reach historic agreement to phase out powerful greenhouse gases – Public Radio International

Negotiators agreed to a three-track process designed to give some countries more time for the phase-out process than others. It was the best way to get all nations on board, says Mario Molina, a scientist who shared the 1995 Nobel Prize for chemistry for his work on CFCs.

“I think it works,” Molina says. “The reason perhaps is best explained by using India as the example. They claim they cannot [quickly] replace the HFCs they are using now, because that would not allow their many poor families to have air conditioning. The replacement is a bit more expensive and the new compounds are not yet available.”

University signs agreement to bring Mexican doctoral students to all three campuses – The Daily Illini

From Nov. 14-17, President Timothy Killeen and a delegation of senior leaders visited Mexico and met with the Mexican Science and Technology Council. The University of Illinois signed an agreement with the Mexican Science and Technology Council that will allow doctoral students to study at the University system. In addition, the delegation met with Mario Molina, a winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Molina is a climate policy adviser to Mexico’s president and founder of the Molina Center for Energy and the Environment. The center focuses on exploring solutions to challenges related to environmental protection, energy use, climate change prevention and sustainable development.

Climate and Ozone-Friendly Coolants

In 1987, nations agreed to phase out stratospheric ozone-harming chemicals called CFCs under the Montreal Protocol. But the replacement compounds HFCs turned out to be powerful greenhouse gases, so now countries have agreed to phase these chemicals out under the same international agreement as well. Nobel prize recipient Dr. Mario Molina discusses with host Steve Curwood the risks HFCs pose to the climate and the international decision to stop using them.



MARIO MOLINA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
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Col. Bosques de las Lomas, Cuajimalpa, C.P. 05120, Mexico, D.F.
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