The Washington Environmental Council will present a program, "Global Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Things You Can Do," Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Washington.

William H. Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University, will be the speaker for the program at the Maxwell A. Sarofim Performing Arts Center at Rumsey Hall School at 201 Romford Road.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and a chance to speak with Schlesinger.

Schlesinger was among the first to quantify the amount of carbon held in soil organic matter globally, providing subsequent estimates of the role of soils and human impacts on forests and soils in global climate change.

As the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific papers regarding environmental chemistry and global change, Schlesinger has been a preeminent researcher in these fields for more than 30 years.

His research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, the New York Times and Scientific American.

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