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Andrew Light

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Policy; Director, Center for Global Ethics

Expertise: Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Climate Change

 Light is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. A globally recognized environmental ethicist – specializing in the ethical dimensions of environmental policy, restoration ecology, and, more recently, climate change – he has authored, co-authored and edited 17 books on environmental ethics, philosophy of technology, and aesthetics, including "Environmental Values" (2008) and "Reel Arguments: Film, Philosophy and Social Criticism" (Westview 2003). Light is also co-editor of the journal Ethics, Place, and Environment and serves on the editorial boards of Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, Ecological Restoration, Philosophical Practice and Theoria. He is currently finishing a book on the ethics of restoration ecology in a changing climate.

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Jagadish Shukla

Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences; Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies

Expertise: Climate Change, Weather, Short-Term Climate Variability

Shukla is president of the Institute of Global Environment and Society and the founder of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, a top research center devoted to an improved understanding of climate variability and predictability. He is one of the premier researchers of short-term climate variability and continues to research ways to more accurately predict weather and climate variations in the three-month to one-year range.

Shukla is a lead author and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former vice president Al Gore.

He received the International Meteorological Organization Prize for 2007 given by the World Meteorological Organization. Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine appointed him a commissioner for climate change, and he is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

He has founded and implanted many weather and climate research centers globally.

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