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Public policy issues associated with climate change subject of Feb. 26 Honors lecture

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – An environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a lecture on public policy issues associated with climate change at Southeastern Louisiana University on Feb. 26.

     James Yarbrough, who works out of the EPA’s regional office in Dallas, will speak as part Southeastern’s interdisciplinary lecture series on global climate change. The talk will be held at 3:30 p.m. in room 107 of Fayard Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

     Yarbrough’s presentation is the third of four lectures by leading authorities on climate change that are being held on campus as part of the series sponsored by the Southeastern Honors Program. Other campus units supporting the series are the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, and the colleges of Education and Human Development, Business, Science and Technology, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

     “Global climate change affects all of us and impacts a wide range of interdisciplinary studies,” said Kent Neuerburg, interim director of the Honors Program. “This lecture will focus specifically on how climatic change is being reflected in the public policy debate through regulations and legislation.”

     A specialist in the areas of air pollution and clean energy, Yarbrough has worked on cooperative air pollution prevention projects with Mexico, countries in eastern Europe, India and the Philippines. An editorial advisor for the journal “Climate Research,” he is co-chair of the Energy Subcommittee of the Blue Skyways Collaborative, working with 10 states in the central United States to improve energy efficiency and expand renewable energy sources that reduce air pollution.

     Prior to joining the EPA, Yarbrough was a research assistant at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia.

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