The University of California, San Diego Library will hold a series of events this April in recognition of Earth Month 2016. The Climate Change at the Crossroads series salutes renowned climate scientists at the university’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography with three events that will shed light on different facets of climate change, including the need for a unified disciplinary approach, the impact of deceptive campaigns to confuse the public, and the importance of clear and accurate scientific communications. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library.
The series will kick off on Wednesday, April 6, with a talk by Veerabhadran Ramanathan, distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at Scripps, on Bending the Curve of Climate Change: Why Do We Need an Alliance Between Science, Religion & Policy?
Ramanathan is known for his pioneering research on climate change and climate change mitigation, and was the first scientist to identify particulate black carbon as the second-largest human contributor to global warming after CO2. The recipient of the Champions of the Earth Award, the United Nation’s highest environmental honor, Ramanathan is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and played a key role in advising Pope Francis and other religious leaders on climate change issues. Last June, Pope Francis issued a new encyclical urging humanity to wean itself off fossil fuels. He is also playing a leadership role in the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, in which the UC system has pledged to nearly eliminate its contribution to global warming.
Ramanathan, who has been studying climate science since the 1970s, and has participated in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, along with other Scripps climate scientists, as well as the COP21 climate talks in Paris in December 2015. Ramanathan has conducted extensive research on various climate mitigation measures discussed in Paris, such as the controlling of emissions of methane, soot and other forms of black carbon, refrigerants and other agents that produce a strong greenhouse effect in the atmosphere but for substantially shorter periods of time than CO2.
Reservations are recommended and can be made at https://climate-change-at-the-crossroads-april6.eventbrite.com
On Thursday, April 21, Lynn Russell, a Scripps Oceanography professor of atmospheric chemistry and Ellie Farahani, executive director of Scripps’ Climate Science & Policy Master’s program, will present “Merchants of Doubt” and its Legacy for Climate Science and Policy. The documentary film Merchants of Doubt is based on the book written by former UC San Diego science historian Naomi Oreskes, who now teaches at Harvard. Russell, who conducts research on aerosol particle chemistry to understand the role atmospheric aerosols play in Earth’s climate, uses the film in her teaching to demonstrate how climate change deniers and special interests have attempted to influence public perception of the issue.
Reservations can be made at https://climate-change-at-the-crossroads-april21.eventbrite.com
On Thursday, April 28, climate scientist and communicator Richard Somerville will present the last event in the series, Climate Change: Strong Science, Forceful Actions, Positive Outcomes.
A distinguished professor emeritus at Scripps, Somerville has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the key physical processes that fuel climate change. Over the last several years, he has championed the importance of clear and understandable communication of the science of climate change, and last year was awarded the American Geophysical Union’s Climate Communication Prize in recognition of his efforts. The author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications, Somerville’s award-winning book, The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change, was recently reissued by the American Meteorological Society.
Reservations for the April 28 event can be made at https://climate-change-at-the-crossroads-april28.eventbrite.com
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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