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Nobel Prize Winner Receives Honorary Degree

Posted on 05/07/2017

Professor Mario Molina receives his honorary degreeThe Department of Geography (School of Global Affairs) at King’s College London was delighted to host a visit by Professor Mario Molina on Thursday 22 June. Professor Molina, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1995, presented his work on 'Climate Change: Science, Policy & Risks' at a special reception to receive an honorary degree from the university.

Drawing upon his many years of research in climate change, Molina gave a fascinating lecture on the challenges to persuading politicians to accept the undisputed science that global warming is directly connected to human activities, mainly through fossil fuel burning and deforestation. In closing, Molina argued that If we are unable or unwilling to collectively change our behaviour to reduce carbon emissions, then the business-as-usual scenario is likely to lead to a climate catastrophe.

Following Professor Molina's thought-provoking message, a note of thanks was made by Jonathan Shanklin, Emeritus Fellow at the British Antarctic Survey, who reminded the audience of Professor Molina’s pioneering research in the 1970’s which revealed the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer by man-made chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Jonathan was one of the meteorologists who subsequently confirmed a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica that led to the banning of CFCs through the Montreal Protocol in 1989.

Following the honorary degree award ceremony, the University invited Professor Molina and his family, together with special guests and audience to a celebratory drinks reception and dinner.

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