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AETN to feature interview with Richard Leakey

Posted 17 Dec 2008

Veteran journalist Steve Barnes discusses climate change and international efforts to affect environmental issues with paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey Friday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Leakey, named one of TIME magazines 100 Greatest Minds of the 20th Century, has been credited with some of the most significant fossil discoveries in history and remains one of the foremost authorities on wildlife conservation.

We are not guessing the consequences of climate changewe can see it from previous periods, Leakey said. We know it can be hugely dramaticsea levels can change, whole freshwater systems can dry up, rivers can disappear, forests turn to deserts, deserts turn to forests.

This is not something we are guessing at. Climate change is a well known phenomena.

Leakey has authored more than 100 scientific articles and books including The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and The Future of Humankind. Leakey has served as the Director of the National Museums in Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service and as Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet in Kenya. Leakey also holds numerous honorary doctorates and awards including the Hubbard Medal of the National Geographic Society and the Humane Society of the United States Joseph Wood Krutch Medal.

Leakey currently serves as Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Barnes and Richard Leakey will re-air Thursday, Dec. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

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