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Source: John Harrington, 785-532-3405, jharrin@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415, kmayes@k-state.edu

Monday, Dec. 7, 2009

NEWS TIP: K-STATE GEOGRAPHER JOHN HARRINGTON JR. SERVING AS AN OFFICIAL OBSERVER AT THIS WEEK'S U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

MANHATTAN -- John Harrington Jr., professor of geography at Kansas State University, is serving as an official observer at the U.N. Conference on Global Climate Change, Dec. 7-18, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Harrington will represent the American Association of Geographers and will be one of approximately 15,000 observers from across the globe. He said that his experience will provide valuable perspective to energy and climate projects affecting Kansas.

Harrington is one of several K-State researchers involved in the Kansas NSF EPSCoR -- or Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research -- project on global change and renewable technology. He said that while he is at the U.N. conference he expects to see a lot of different technologies to address things like greenhouse gases and hopes to bring back perspectives that will help with the EPSCoR project.