Sir David King, the United Kingdom's chief scientific adviser, discussed climate change and its implications for economic growth in a July 12 seminar co-sponsored by the British Embassy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
King spoke on "Climate Change: State of Urgency-The Science, the Impacts and Maintaining a Growing Economy" at the AAAS Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
King, who was appointed to his post in October 2000, has warned that human industrial activities make a significant contribution to global warming and that nations should act now to help prevent long-term impacts such as the irreversible melting of the Greenland ice sheet.
Prior to his appointment as science adviser, King was head of the department of chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He continues to serve as director of research at the university. He advised former-Prime Minister Tony Blair on scientific issues, including serving as chair of the Foot and Mouth Disease Science Panel in 2001 and a science panel on genetically modified crops and food in 2003. King is continuing his duties under Prime Minister Gordon Brown until the end of the year. He then will become the president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science for 2008.
During his time in office, King helped develop a sustainable, long-term strategy for the United Kingdom's energy policy. He also was heavily involved in producing the 10-year Science and Innovation Framework, which is applicable until 2014.
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