Drew Shindell is a Professor of Climate Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. From 1995 to 2014 he was a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Dr. Shindell taught atmospheric chemistry at Columbia University for more than a decade. He earned his Bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley and his PhD at Stony Brook University, both in Physics. His research concerns natural and human drivers of climate change, linkages between air quality and climate change, and the interface between climate change science and policy. He has been an author on >175 peer-reviewed publications, received awards from Scientific American, NASA, the NSF and the EPA. He has testified before both houses of Congress (at the request of both parties). He chaired the 2011 UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone and was a Coordinating Lead Author on the 2013 IPCC Assessment. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition of nations and organizations.
In Paris late last year, the countries of the world pledged to reduce emissions to keep global warming well below a 2 degree Celsius rise in global average temperatures compared with preindustrial levels. As an advanced...