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Stillwater Critical Thinking Club

The Global and Local Impacts of Climate Change

Anthropogenic Climate Change, also misleadingly known as "Global Warming," has emerged as a significant reality affecting societies and economies around the world and at home. In this talk we'll examine the contentious questions of changes in weather patterns and sea level rise. Both of these effects of warming have already had impacts and these impacts are expected to increase in the future. What does the science say about "weather whiplash," severe storms, and the rise of seas in the near and longer term future, how certain are we of what may happen, and how severe might these impacts be?

Greg Laden is a science communicator and teacher who has studied the relationship between human evolution and ecology, climate change during the Holocene, and African and North American prehistory. He has addressed, mostly through his writing on National Geographic Scienceblogs, the science of climate change, and has presented several talks and workshops on this issue. He is currently teaching at Century College and is writing two books, one on fieldwork in the Congo and the other, a novel, on life in the upper Midwest and Plains in a post-climate change world. He strongly hopes that the novel remains fiction rather than prediction. Greg lives with his wife and two children in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

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  • David L. T.

    This was my first meeting. My profile does not show that I attended but my wife and I were both there. This was an excellent, information packed presentation.

    May 11, 2014

  • Diane G. A.

    I absolutely agree with Lee; Greg gave an excellent of the best that I've heard, and there have been many....He presented information that I hadn't heard emphasized before..."rising sea levels", atmospheric "wave bands" that produce "stalled weather fronts," etc. I especially liked how he ended his talk, using an incident of his youth, "driving a truck with no starter, no brakes, stuck in 3rd gear and headed towards a tree." This was an important presentation that should be heard by many; makes me glad that there's a Critical Thinking Club in my neighborhood! Thanks to all those that make Critical Thinking possible.

    January 22, 2014

  • Lee S.

    Critical thinking ought to be taught in elementary school

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Heidi V.

    What is the age requirement for this group? My son Ben is 18 and in college, and would be interested in some topics, but likely not all.

    January 21, 2014

  • Lee S.

    Greg Laden gave an excellent presentation on the impact of climate change regarding ocean temperatures, rising sea levels and weather whiplash such as flash floods and tornadoes/hurricanes all of which are happening with greater frequency and veracity thanks to increasing CO2 emissions.

    January 14, 2014

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