October 21, 2014
Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe delivers the message on climate change with a skill that makes it easy to believe that she is the daughter of missionaries.
Her pulpit, though, is at Texas Tech, as professor and director of the university's Climate Science Center. She is a prolific scientist, with recent work ranging from the impact of drought in the southern High Plains to the effects of weather extremes on U.S. roads and infrastructure. And she is founder and chief executive of ATMOS Research and Consulting, a company she started in her parents' basement in 1997, which is working with cities, states, and communities to determine how climate change should figure into planning decisions.