19 July 2010

Steve Schneider: 1945 to 2010

Steve Schneider, of Stanford University, has died of a heart attack. He was a true giant in the field of climate science and policy. I first met him in the early 1990s at NCAR before I received my PhD. Characteristic of his support for young scholars, he encouraged and published my first paper on climate change as an editorial essay in Climatic Change in 1994 (PDF). He was always up for a debate, and we certainly debated many things over the years, most recently just this past weekend in a group email exchange. His views on climate are cited positively in my new book. His energy, passion and genius will be sorely missed. Andy Revkin has details.

10 comments:

  1. My condolences to his family.

    ~Donna Laframboise

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  2. Oh my. I met Steve in the early 1980s, right after I graduated from J-school, and he was always helpful. I don't think I would be doing what I'm doing now had it not been for Steve. I am so very sad.

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  3. In the late 70's (at which time many were worried about a new ice age approaching) Prof. Schneider said in one TV interview that "We are insulting the environment faster than we are understanding it." Whichever side of the CO2 issue you are on, this seems to me is an admirable quote and I've used it several times.

    A loss to Science.

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  4. This is not a thread for engaging the climate wars. Sorry.

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  5. This is a very great loss to all society. I have had the pleasure of being a friend and colleague of Steve's since the 1970s when he came to NCAR. We collaborated many times. Steve was inspirational and was determined to make sure the climate issues were understood and the world could make the necessary changes. Many times we debated the key issue "...how do you tell a 3rd world leader they cannot do this as it is back for the environment just because we have decades before.....?" He was a great friend of the family and often stayed with us in London. We will all miss him. However, we are fortunate to have lasting memories of his energetic efforts to make a change to the climate from which we can all benefit. Steve Schneider will always be in our minds.

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  6. It is touching to see so many kind words and thoughts for Dr. Schneider from people who knew him.
    My deepest sympathies to his family for their loss.

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  7. A passionate but generally fair opponent. Very sad news. My sympathies to his friends and family.

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  8. Stephen Schneider was a scientist who unfortunately preferred his prior belief system about the degradation of the Earth to actual facts and measurements about it, which showed the opposite.

    And he will be remembered for a clear statement that he advocated that scientists indulge in propaganda and selective presentation of scientific data in order to grab public attention (and therefore funding) and that scientists should prefer misleading statements of certainty to scientific probity.

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