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Texas Tech Climate Scientist Named to List of Most Influential People on Climate Policy

George Watson

March 20, 2019

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is a professor and co-director of the Texas Tech Climate Center.

Katharine Hayhoe, co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center and a professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been named to the list of the World's 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019 by Apolitical.

"I am honored to be included in this global list and I am particularly delighted that it has been put together by an organization named Apolitical," Hayhoe said. "A thermometer is not Democrat or Republican; it doesn't give us a different answer depending on how we vote. Climate is changing, humans are responsible, and we need experts from across the entire political spectrum to be proposing smart, viable solutions that make us all better off."

Apolitical is a global network based in London that helps governments and public servants connect with the ideas, people and partners needed to solve societal challenges, using business to help solve these issues.

As a climate expert, Hayhoe engages with stakeholders in industries including agriculture, public health, energy and infrastructure to communicate the relevance of incorporating information on our changing climate into societal planning today.

Hayhoe is considered one of the world's leading experts on climate science. Her research focuses on evaluating future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment by developing and applying high-resolution climate projections. She also presents the realities of climate change by connecting the issue to values people hold dear instead of being confrontational with scientific facts.

Earlier this year, she was named to the annual list of Global Thinkers published by Foreign Policy Magazine, one of the world's leading publications focused on global affairs and was awarded the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One, a consortium under the Commonwealth of California that utilizes the top minds from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about clean energy.

In 2017 and 2018, Hayhoe played a key role as the lead author of the first and second volumes of the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment published by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, as well as participating in the Nobel Peace Prize forum and giving a TED Talk on climate solutions that has received more than 1 million views.

In 2017, she was named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, which honors men and women across the globe who are helping to change the world and inspiring others to do the same. In 2016, she was named to the annual Politico 50 list, which recognizes those in society who help shape policy and thinking in the U.S.

Hayhoe reaches a global audience through the KTTZ PBS Digital Short Series "Global Weirding," an online series currently in its third season that focuses on exploring the arguments, science, religion, culture and psychology where politics and climate change intersect.