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Dr James Hansen

"If we don't begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next several years, and really on a very different course, then we are in trouble. Then the ice sheets are in trouble. Many species on the planet are in trouble."
He is the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies since 1981. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. In 2001, he received the Heinz Award in the field of Environment for his leadership in bringing the issue of climate change to the forefront of the world scientific community. He was also named by the Time Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People" in 2006 and as one of the "Heroes of the Environment" in 2007.
He is not only known for his outstanding research in the field of climatology, but is also an outspoken activist and advocate for action in the fight against climate change. In 1988, he became the first leading scientist to approach the US Congress and explain to them the seriousness and urgency of global warming. On 23 June 2009, James Hansen, along with several other protestors, was arrested for blocking traffic while drawing public attention towards mountaintop coal mining in West Virginia.