Lonnie Thompson: "Glacial" No Longer Means Slow

Lonnie Thompson
Lonnie Thompson says even he's been surprised at the rate of climate change.
TAMPA (2010-2-10) -

The University of South Florida is introducing its new School of Global Sustainability Thursday by hosting some of the world’s leading researchers in climate change.

One of those leaders is Ohio State University researcher Lonnie Thompson, whose studies on retreating glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro provided some of science’s most dramatic evidence of climate change.

Thompson also served as an adviser for the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

He’s been tracking the retreat of glaciers for decades – but he says recent events are changing what it means to say "at a glacial pace."

"It used to be if you talked about something changing at the speed of a glacier, that meant something really slow. But in the last ten years that has really changed," he said.

Thompson is speaking Thursday morning at 10 at the Marshall Student Center on USF’s Tampa campus. The public is invited to attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to skay@usf.edu or 974-5534.

Click here to listen to Thompson's full interview.

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