Climate-change solutions depend on open dialogue

San Francisco Chronicle -Katharine Hayhoe is a busy woman. As an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, she studies the regional impact of climate change. As a Christian, she volunteers, sharing her science with church and public groups. And as the mother of a young child - well, enough said.

Katharine Hayhoe is a busy woman. As an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech Universityin Lubbock, she studies the regional impact of climate change. As a Christian, she volunteers, sharing her science with church and public groups. And as the mother of a young child - well, enough said.

So it's not surprising she was frustrated when a chapter about climate science she wrote for an upcoming Newt Gingrich book was casually dumped by the Republican presidential primary candidate in the lead up to the Iowa caucuses. "Nice to hear that Gingrich is tossing my #climate chapter in the trash," she wrote in a message to her Twitter followers on Dec. 30. "100+ unpaid hrs I cd've spent playing w my baby."

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