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Science Cafe - Global Climate Change

Science Cafe:Global Climate Change (A Primer)
Tuesday, July 19,[masked]:30 PM 

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=========== SCIENCE CAFE - Jul. 19, 2011; 6:30-8:30 pm

Science Café is a monthly event where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (or dinner!), anyone can participate in topical discussions with leaders in the fields of science and technology. These monthly talks are located in coffee shops, bars and restaurants around Raleigh and promote discussion of science in an informal community setting.  Hosted by local Sigma Xi chapters and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Dinner at 6:30 (you can eat earlier or later), with discussion beginning at 7 pm, then followed by Q & A until 8:30.   Come early for a seat!

Location: Tir Na Nog, 218 South Blount Street, Raleigh,[masked]

Fee: Free (cost for drinks and dinner).  Parking is free in the evening.

Dr. Orrin H. Pilkey will discuss global climate change and his soon-to-be-released book, “Global Climate Change: A Primer” (Duke University Press). “This timely, informative book is exactly what the public needs to understand the ongoing disruption of the earth’s climate. Orrin H. and Keith C. Pilkey present an excellent summary of what we know, and what we don’t know, about the planet’s climate. They also provide a superb overview of a huge campaign underwritten by corporate dollars and intended to confuse the public and manufacture doubt about climate issues.” — Brent Blackwelder, President Emeritus, Friends of the Earth

Is climate change real? How is it happening and how can we slow its progression? During this Cafe, we will learn about the science of global climate change and the damage that rising temperatures are causing: sea level rise, ocean acidification, glacier and sea ice melting, changing habitats, desertification, and the threats to animals, humans, coral reefs, marshes and mangroves. We will also discuss the arguments typically advanced by global change deniers. Could fossil fuel companies be promoting the controversy? Artist Mary Edna Fraser illustrated the book with her batik art and will join the Cafe.

A book signing will take place immediately following the Science Cafe. This Cafe was made possible through a partnership with the NC Coastal Federation.

About the Presenter Orrin Pilkey is a research professor, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Director Emeritus of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) within the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University.

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