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US scholar to share insight on global climate change in Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A U.S. atmospheric chemistry scholar will deliver two speeches on global climate change issues in Taipei later this month, Taiwan's top research institute said yesterday.

Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and chair of the U.S. National Research Council, will give a lecture entitled “Global Climate Change Forced by Greenhouse Gases from Human Activities” on March 25 at Academia Sinica, the institute said in a statement.

The next day, Cicerone is scheduled to give another talk entitled “Protecting the Ozone Layer is Easier than Stabilizing Earth's Climate: Economics and Politics” at National Taiwan University.

Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey will also present Cicerone a golden pin to commemorate him as an Academia Sinica Honorary Academician. Cicerone was made an Honorary Academician of the Academia Sinica in 2010.

In recent years, global climate change has become a major concern worldwide. On his second visit to Taiwan, Cicerone will give two lectures on the causes of and strategies for coping with climate change.

Cicerone's scientific work has won him numerous awards. He was recognized by the Franklin Institute in 1999 for his fundamental contributions to the understanding of greenhouse gases and ozone depletion and was presented the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, one of the highest honors in science.

In 2002, the American Geophysical Union, the world's largest society of earth scientists, awarded him the Roger Revelle Medal for outstanding research contributions to the understanding of the Earth's atmospheric processes, biogeochemical cycles, and key elements of the climate system.

He also won the Albert Einstein World Award of Science in 2004.

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