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Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider is being remembered today as a leader in the fight to understand the roots of (and mitigation strategies for) global warming. He died yesterday at 65, apparently after a heart attack on a flight from Stockholm to London.

Dr. Schneider, who was part of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former vice president Al Gore, was hailed not only as a brilliant scientist, but as a skilled communicator who expressed the finer points of scientific debate over global warming with wit and good humor.

Annette Baran, a clinical social worker who became an early advocate for open adoptions after hearing from many adoptees who were struggling to come to terms with not knowing their birth parents, died July 11 in Santa Monica of complications from infection. She was 83.

Ms. Baran co-authored the 1978 book "The Adoption Triangle: The Effects of the Sealed Record on Adoptees, Birth Parents, and Adoptive Parents," which popularized the idea that meeting one's birth parents is crucial to developing a sense of identity.

By Emma Brown  |  July 20, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: annette baran adoption, annette baran died, open adoption, stephen schneider died, stephen schneider stanford  
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