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Meeting the Challenge of Global Climate Change  

To confront the impacts of climate change requires urgent mitigation and adaptation of individual lifestyles, regional and national policies, and international treaty obligations. How can we avoid the worst of the peak warming in the near term? What are the pros and cons of geo-engineering and carbon capture with storage? What are the possibilities of a rapid expansion of renewable energy, some continuing reliance on nuclear power, and the need for a price on carbon emissions? There will be no silver bullet as many technologies and diverse policies will be needed. Richard Gammon is professor emeritus of chemistry and oceanography, adjunct professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at the UW and former co-director of the UW Program on the Environment. He received his PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard.