Scientist who popularized term ‘global warming’ dies at 87
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Scientist who popularized term ‘global warming’ dies at 87

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    Wallace Broecker, Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, New York, addresses the audience during the Balzan prize ceremony in Rome. Broecker died today at age 87.

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NEW YORK >> A climate scientist who popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.

Columbia University said the longtime professor and researcher died today at a New York City hospital. A spokesman for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker had been ailing in recent months.

Broecker brought “global warming” into common use with a 1975 paper that correctly predicted rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere would lead to pronounced warming.

Broecker was also first to recognize what he called the Ocean Conveyor Belt, a global system of ocean currents circulating water and nutrients.

Broecker was born in Chicago in 1931 and grew up in suburban Oak Park.

He joined Columbia’s faculty in 1959 and was known in science circles as the “Grandfather of Climate Science.”

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