Top experts on melting polar ice to discuss impacts on Philadelphia

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Two of the world's leading experts on melting polar ice will launch Clean Air-Cool Planet's Hip Boot Tour at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 20 to explain why ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is melting and how one meter or more of sea level rise will affect famous locations in the City of Brotherly Love and other major population centers along the east coast of the United States.

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Two of the world's leading experts on melting polar ice will launch Clean Air-Cool Planet's Hip Boot Tour at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 20 to explain why ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is melting and how one meter or more of sea level rise will affect famous locations in the City of Brotherly Love and other major population centers along the east coast of the United States.

The presentation will include animations, available on broadcast-ready B-rolls, reflecting the newest, most detailed current research on the potential effects of sea level rise.

Dr. Gordon Hamilton, a research professor at The University of Maine, and Dr. Asa Rennermalm, a professor at Rutgers, are active in current research on the rapid decline of the Greenland ice sheet.

A visual demonstration - using a simple Hula Hoop festooned with blue Mylar – will be offered of the difference between previous forecasts for sea level rise by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (below the knees) and the new estimates for this century (chest to chin).

Scientists will brief reporters and others at the Wagner Free Institute, the first stop as part of the “Hip Boot Tour” organized by Clean Air-Cool Planet, a non-profit group dedicated to fighting global warming.

Dr. Hamilton has conducted extensive research on how melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica affect global sea levels. Dr. Rennermalm is an expert on Arctic ice sheets and their impact on global climate.

You will hear:

  •     What the latest scientific research suggests is happening to polar ice
  •     How ice melting in the Arctic and Antarctic leads to higher sea levels, especially on the east coast,
  •     What a meter of sea level rise—the minimum projected by 2100—would mean for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is one of eight major cities the “Hip Boot Tour” will visit to inform and educate Americans living in coastal cities about the direct impact they will face from melting ice caused by global warming. The tour will bring leading scientists from their research stations in the Arctic through cities from Miami, Fla., to Portland, Maine, before culminating with events in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Clean Air-Cool Planet is hosting the event with the Wagner Free Institute of Science in conjunction with Clean Air Council, a Pennsylvania based non-profit group dedicated to protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air, and reducing global warming causing pollution..

WHAT:    Presentation from leading climate scientists on polar ice melt and what one meter or more of sea level rise would mean to Philadelphia, with the most detailed maps and projections available

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 20
        10:00 AM

WHERE:     Wagner Free Institute of Science
        1700 West Montgomery Avenue
        Philadelphia

Clean Air-Cool Planet is the leading science-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated solely to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. Through our Climate Policy Center we develop and promote economically efficient and innovative climate policies. CA-CP provides hands-on assistance to companies, campuses, communities and science centers throughout the Northeast to help them reduce their carbon emissions.

Incorporated in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is a museum and educational institution that has survived nearly unchanged from the 19th century. It offers a range of programs for visiting school groups, and cultivates special partnerships with neighboring schools.

Clean Air Council is a member-supported, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air. The Council works on air quality issues in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to ensure enforcement of environmental laws.

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