Who says there are no more public intellectuals? No one familiar with your work. Fascinated by the science behind them, you have played an integral role in the development of climate models—the increasingly sophisticated tools that help us calculate the effects of the several contributors to climate change and, even more importantly, of the various steps we can take to combat it. Understanding the urgency of this work, you have devoted as much time outside the lab bringing light to the often-dark discussion of this pressing challenge. Your writing and speaking are as clear as they are far ranging—from scientific journals to Letterman and the Daily Show. The blog that you co-founded, RealClimate, has become a main source of intelligent, fact-based discussion of the issue, while your own informed, passionate,and civil discourse serves as a model for the engagement of scientists with public issues. It comes at a pivotal time—one in which ideology threatens to cloud fact.Your simple formula is that science plus values should equal policy. Because of your work and that of those you have inspired it might still.
I hereby declare you recipient of the honorary degree Doctor of Science, entitled to all the rights, honors, and privileges appertaining thereto.
June 4, 2017