Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Scientist Who Coined the Term “Global Warming” Dies

The scientist who coined the term “Global Warming” and did most of his studying right here in Rockland County died Monday. Wallace Broecker first came to what is now the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades in 1952 as a summer intern. In 1975, Broecker was among the first scientists to predict an imminent rise in earth’s temperature due to human output of carbon dioxide…  

Broecker’s ideas were taken up and wildly exaggerated in the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow. They were more credibly explained in possibly the only pop song about physical oceanography, “Uncle Wally’s Tale,” by Broecker’s brother-in-law Tom Chapin, Harry Chapin’s brother. Broecker was 87.

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