Science backs up the fact that humans have adversely affected the climate and that the changes are happening at a rapid and alarming pace. Dr. Andrew Gillespie of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spoke at CEU on "Climate Change and its impact on Forests in Europe and North America," at a Feb. 2 lecture, co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy of Budapest.
CEU President and Rector John Shattuck opened the event and introduced U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, a longtime environmental advocate. Gillespie is the first U.S. scientist to participate in the U.S. Embassy Science Fellow Program in Hungary. The program, which began in 2001, offers U.S Embassies an opportunity to host a working scientist for a one- to three-month stay. The program places U.S. government scientists at posts to provide expertise, advice and assistance with science and technology-related issues.