SRU’s Smith provides climate-expert voice

Langdon Smith, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, provided the expert voice when KCBS-AM radio in San Francisco needed an academic to talk about the U.S. Park Service response to climate change.

Smith said park rangers have made an effort to educate visitors about climate change issues and how they can minimize their own use of fossil fuels to lesson the carbon footprint. 

"There has been a fundamental shift in how they (park service) look at this issue and pass that on to visitors," Smith said. "This is a good example of how the national parks can act as a natural laboratory."

Smith added that there has been a good reaction to the message from park visitors. 

Smith, who joined SRU in 2002, teaches sustainability, conservation and geography of the U.S. and Canada.