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Chuck Tooley, Urban Institute, 896-5864
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269

May 10, 2011

Ambassador StrommenNorwegian ambassador to visit MSU Billings to moderate presentation on climate change

MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The Norwegian ambassador to the United States and some noted scientists will be at Montana State University Billings in June for a panel discussion on climate change and its effects on the local and global level.

Wegger Chr. Strommen, Ambassador of Norway to the United States, will moderate the presentation “Where’s the Water? Climate Impacts Globally and Locally” on Wednesday, June 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the MSU Billings Student Union Ballroom.

Ambassador StrommenThe event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required and anyone interested in attending is urged to call 248-1154 or send an e-mail to before May 30.

Co-sponsored by the MSU Billings Urban Institute, American Action Forum, the Montana Environmental Information Center, the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club and the Northern Plains Resource Council, the event is designed to raise awareness of effects of global climate change on a local level.

While Montana is far from the Arctic, there are signs in the northern regions — Norway being one of those areas — of how climate change affect natural resources, commerce and public health. Strommen will lead the discussion on the issue and be joined by:

  • Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and former Director of Domestic and Economic Policy for the John McCain presidential campaign.
  • Dr. Knut Alfsen, Research Director at CICERO - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway.
  • Dr. Steve Running, Professor of Ecology and Director of Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group at the University of Montana.

Chuck Tooley, director of the MSU Billings Urban Institute, will provide introductory remarks.

For more information, contact Tooley at 896-5864 or via e-mail at

PHOTO ABOVE: Wegger Chr. Strommen, Ambassador of Norway to the United States

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