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August 4, 2021

Lonnie will share his “heart to heart” assessment of the climate change we are experiencing, its effects on the world’s highest glaciers, and the reasons he is hopeful for the future.
Dr. Thompson is one of the foremost authorities on paleoclimatology and glaciology. He's led 64 expeditions, conducting ice-core drilling programs in the Polar Regions as well as on the high mountain glaciers in 16 countries. He and his team were the first to develop lightweight solar-powered drilling equipment for the acquisition of histories from ice fields in the high Andes and on Mount Kilimanjaro. The results from these ice-core-derived climate histories have been published in more than 240 articles. He has received numerous awards including the John and Alice Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and selected as Time magazine and CNN's America's Best in science and medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was awarded the U.S. National Medal of Science. Lonnie was also elected as a foreign member of the Chinese National Academy of Sciences and received the Benjamin Franklin Medal and the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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