Washington, D.C. – Today Food & Water Watch announced that Cornell University scientist Robert Howarth has joined its board of directors. Howarth is the author of several studies showing how hydraulic fracturing (fracking), in particular the release of methane throughout the lifecycle of the process, contributes to climate change.
“Robert Howarth has authored several studies showing that fracking is dangerous to the climate and has helped debunk industry spin that fracked gas can be a bridge fuel,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “We’re pleased to have this scientific powerhouse on our board of directors.”
Howarth is an Earth systems scientist and ecosystem biologist. In 2011, he published the first comprehensive analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas in Climatic Change Letters and an invited commentary on shale gas in Nature. This work was cited in over 1,500 newspapers globally, winning him an honorable mention as one of “50 People who Matter” in the annual Time Magazine Person of the Year issue for 2011.
“I’m pleased to join the board of an organization that is uncompromising in its work highlighting the risks that fracking holds for our climate,” said Howarth. “As the first national organization to join the grassroots in a call to ban fracking, it has helped bolster the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground—and the science shows this needs to happen if we are going to avoid the worst effects of climate chaos.”
Howarth earned a BA from Amherst College in 1974, and a Ph.D. jointly from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1979. After several years as a staff scientist in Woods Hole, he joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1985 and was appointed the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology in 1993. Howarth is the Founding Editor of the scholarly journal Biogeochemistry and served as Editor-in-Chief for more than 20 years. Since 2014, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Limnology & Oceanography. Howarth has published over 200 scientific papers, reports, and book chapters. His most recent book is the 4th edition of the text Essentials of Ecology (Begon, Howarth, and Townsend, 2014).
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