Union College’s 2019 Environmental Science Policy and Engineering Winter Seminar Series

This year’s ESPE seminar series will focus on the misinformation campaign surrounding climate change.  
Below the dates are short bios for each speaker.
All talks will be at 7:00 PM, either in the Nott or in Olin 115 (TBA). More details will follow.

Wednesday January 16th – Neela Banerjee – Senior Reporter for Inside Climate News

Title of seminar: TBD

Wednesday February 6th – Dena Adler – Climate Law Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Title of seminar: TBD

Wednesday February 20th – Raymond Bradley – Distinguished Professor and Climate Change Researcher – University of Massachusetts

Title of seminar: The science and politics of global warming


Neela Banerjee graduated from Yale University and is a senior reporter for Inside Climate News. In the past, she has worked for the LA times, NY Times and the Wall Street Journal covering topics related to global energy and the Iraq war. Together with her team she has uncovered Exxon’s early research on climate change, which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service reporting and the recipient of nearly a dozen other journalism awards. Inside Climate News is an independent, not-for-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers topics related to energy and environmental science. They earned the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2013.



Dena Adler is a Climate Law Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. She focusses on developing legal and regulatory tools to advance the efforts of governments and private actors to adapt to a changing climate and to mitigate the effects of climate change. She is particularly interested in cultivating solutions that can work cohesively across jurisdictional scales. As a climate Law Fellow, she authored a report on “US Climate Change Litigation in the Age of Trump: Year 1” and will soon follow up with a Year 2 report. She graduated with a joint JD-MS from Yale in 2017.



Ray Bradley is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences, and Director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Bradley’s research focuses on climate variability, and understanding the causes of climatic change. He was a co-author on the paper that presented the “hockey-stick model”, which became a focal point of attacks from climate change “skeptics”, eventually leading to an investigation by a congressional committee. Bradley’s personal experience of being a target during this politically instigated controversy is recounted in one of his many books “Global Warming and Political Intimidation”

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