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Ben Santer: 2023 Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication

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Climate One is delighted to present the 2023 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication to atmospheric scientist Ben Santer.

Santer has spent decades researching and identifying the human fingerprints on the climate system changes we’re now all seeing. He was lead author on the historic 1995 conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which proclaimed that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.” That was the first time the IPCC authoritatively stated humans are causing climate change. At the time, climate scientist Stephen Schneider told Santer that the sentence he wrote would change the world. Santer’s foundational work also laid the groundwork for the expanding field of attribution science, which enables activists and lawyers to ascribe proportionate blame to specific polluters in lawsuits demanding damages for climate-disrupting emissions.

Join us for this special in-person conversation with Ben Santer, atmospheric scientist, MacArthur “Genius” and Fowler Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and Kassie Siegel, director of the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity.


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Tue, Dec 12 / 6:00 PM PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Ben Santer

Fowler Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Kassie Siegel

Director, Climate Law Institute, Center for Biological Diversity

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Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
(all times PT)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
Free for members
$5 nonmembers