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MT Nobel Prize Winner Documents Big Sky Climate Change

November 8, 2007

Billings, MT – Climate change can no longer be debated in Montana, says a University of Montana professor who is a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Steven Running, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will present evidence of Big Sky climate change on Friday during the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council.

Running's advice is for Montana residents to get used to less snow, earlier snowmelt and prolonged drought. However, he adds that these climate changes are tangible enough, in Montana and elsewhere, to help push through policies and development to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

"The sooner we start, the better this is going to work. And that's what we're really trying to get going at the local, state and federal levels now."

The meeting Friday and Saturday also will address coal mining and other energy development issues for Montana. Running says even with all the best technology and policies, it will take years to see positive changes in Big Sky country.

"We really have to slow down the accelerating momentum first. Before we can even dream about reducing emissions, we have to slow down the acceleration."

The Northern Plains Resource Council meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - MT