Climate Change Talk in Williamstown

William R. Moomaw, lead author of five U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports, coordinating lead author of two, will speak on “Exceeding Expectations: Beyond the Climate Agreements at COP21.” Moomaw will describe what happened in Paris outside the official boundaries of COP21—among the regions, the states, the cities, the private sector business groups, the municipalities, and individual organizations. It is an exciting, untold story of commitments to carbon reduction that equal or exceed the pledges of some major countries.


The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be at 11:20 a.m., April 10, in the Community Hall of the First Congregational Church, Williamstown. It is one of the church’s Second Hour programs, which follow the regular 10 a.m. Sunday morning service.


The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its climate work in 2007. Moomaw is Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy and Founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Previously he taught for 26 years at Williams College, which in September 2013 bestowed a Bicentennial Medal on him for his work combining science and policy to address climate change. He recently served as Chief Science Officer for Earthwatch Institute, and is now on the Board.


Moomaw and his wife, Margot, live in a zero net energy home in Williamstown.



Contact: Terry Plumb-Clark, 413-458-4273,


Posted By: cdk . (2016-04-04)