Latest Weather Blog
Scientist who popularized term "global warming" dies at 87
NEW YORK (AP) - A climate scientist who popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.
Columbia University said the longtime professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital. A spokesman for the university's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker had been ailing in recent months.
Broecker brought "global warming" into common use with a 1975 paper that correctly predicted rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere would lead to pronounced warming.
Broecker was also first to recognize what he called the Ocean Conveyor Belt, a global system of ocean currents circulating water and nutrients.
Broecker was born in Chicago in 1931 and grew up in suburban Oak Park.
He joined Columbia's faculty in 1959 and was known in science circles as the "Grandfather of Climate Science."
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
St. James: Glory, grace & gumbo - Sunday Journal
Crowds gather to St. Joseph's Cathedral Sunday to honor feast day in...
Dr. Hypolite Landry, former EBR coroner and record-setting pilot, dies at 96
St. Joseph's Cathedral celebrates day dedicated to St. Joseph, patron saint of...
Leprechauns spotted in Baton Rouge along Wearin' of the Green parade route
LSU women's basketball looking to fight Michigan's height with speed
LSU Baseball opens SEC play - WBRZ Sports Takeover
Stadium Golf Tour comes to Baton Rouge
Catholic upsets Scotlandville in DI select title game for program's first state...
Port Allen wins 4th straight state title over Winnfield