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Greg Fishel, severe weather expert Kerry Emanuel to host climate talk

Posted April 6, 2015

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— The public is invited to join WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and renowned severe weather expert Kerry Emanuel for a unique presentation titled “Hurricanes and North Carolina: A Stormy Future” at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The event is Thursday, April 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WRAL.com will also live stream the event and host a live chat.

Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. One of the world’s leading authorities on severe weather, his research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate with a specialty in hurricane physics. Emanuel’s interests also include cumulus convection, the role of clouds, water vapor, upper-ocean mixing in regulation of climate and advanced methods of weather prediction.

Emanuel’s writings include the books “Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes” and “What We Know about Climate Change.” He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and in 2006 was included in Time Magazine’s “100 People who Shape Our World.”

The presentation and interview is the first in a new series, “The Nature of Science: A Town Hall with Greg Fishel,” designed to provide in-depth discussions with prominent scientists as they explore the major scientific issues of our time. The series is inspired by Albert Einstein’s view that, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

Greg Fishel said Emanuel's approach is in the best spirit of these real advances in science.

"What struck me about him was his practicality. He is contributing to our understanding of hurricanes while acknowledging the need for a risk-assessment-based approach to future impacts," he said. "We admit we don’t know everything, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know anything — we are and always will be on a quest for science to explain our world and inform our decisions going forward."

Audience and viewer participation are encouraged. The program includes a question-and-answer session, and live-stream viewers may ask questions on the WRAL.com live chat or on Twitter using the hashtag #ofishelquest.

Introductions will be given by Jim Goodmon, president and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company Inc., and museum Director Emlyn Koster.

WRAL-TV and Capital Broadcasting Company are proud to sponsor this event.


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  • Quinn Satterthwaite Apr 15, 2015
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    "Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge"Hmm seems to pay pretty well

  • Bob Bruck Apr 8, 2015
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    Yes indeed Richard- debunked by the best scientist in the world! And who might that be- perchance?

  • Mark Aman Apr 7, 2015
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    The following week Greg will be hosting a seminar on Elves & Fairies: Our Unseen Neighbors Are Real........

  • Sam Nada Apr 7, 2015
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    You could not be more wrong. As a matter of fact, here is what the best scientists in the world believe about global warming and the resulting climate change:


    It's the responsibility of every citizen in a democracy to stay well informed, since our intelligent voting participation is required to insure the welfare of all of us. No issue will have a greater impact on us and our descendants for centuries than climate change. It's absolutely imperative that we act now to prevent what could be a true catastrophe.

  • Anthony Snark Apr 7, 2015
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    If you make statements that are supposedly factual, you should provide a link to the source for your data.

  • Jack Handy Apr 6, 2015
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    Topic #2:
    educate the public on the difference between climate change and global warming. Climate change means warmer, colder, hotter, drier, sunnier, cloudier, etc. The anti global warming paranoids jumped on this article pretty quickly.

  • Arch Maker Apr 6, 2015
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    so explain why the "Northwest Passage" that was searched for by explorers for nearly 500 years is now a real thing.

  • Arch Maker Apr 6, 2015
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    topic #1:
    educate the public on the difference between "weather" and "climate"

  • Chris Holder Apr 6, 2015
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    The best scientist in the world? Who is that, and why is his/her interpretation of the data better or more reliable than the 95%+ of scientists who have looked at this and determined that real change is happening and it is linked strongly to human actions?

  • Richard Trantham Apr 6, 2015
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    I wonder why WRAL is giving this airtime? Climate change has been debunked by the best scientist in the world. There is more arctic ice now than in the past 50 years. Glaciers are thicker than scientist predict. The weather has proven to be cyclical, from 10, 100, 1000 to even 10,000 years. Oh yea, I forgot, there is money to be made in the climate scare...shame on you WRAL