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Motion: Global Warming Is Not a Crisis

Read about the panelists participating in the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate over whether global warming is an actual crisis.


Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton is a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. He graduated from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His book, State of Fear (2004), challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios.

Phillip Stott

Philip Stott is an Emeritus Professor and biogeographer from the University of London, UK. For the past ten years he has also employed modern techniques of deconstruction to grand environmental narratives like "global warming." Stott was editor of the Journal of Biogeography for 18 years. He writes regularly on environmental issues for The Times of London.

Richard S. Lindzen

Richard S. Lindzen has been a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at MIT since 1983. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the author or co-author of three books and over 200 papers. His current research is on climate sensitivity, atmospheric convection and the general circulation of the atmosphere.


Gavin Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. His publications include studies of past, present and potential future climates. Scientific American cited him as a top 50 Research Leader in 2004, and he has worked on education and outreach with the American Museum of Natural History. He is a contributing editor at

Richard C.J. Somerville

Richard C.J. Somerville is a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. An expert on computer simulations of the atmosphere, Somerville is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society. He is the author of The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change.

Brenda Ekwurzel

Brenda Ekwurzel works on the national climate program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Prior to joining UCS, she was on the faculty of the University of Arizona. She conducted her doctorate research at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and post-doctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.


Brian Lehrer

Brian Lehrer is host of the highly-acclaimed Brian Lehrer Show, heard weekday mornings on WNYC. He is also an award-winning author and documentary producer. Lehrer holds masters degrees in journalism and public health/environmental sciences.