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West Metro Critical Thinking Club

The Global and Local Impacts of Climate Change

Anthropogenic climate change, also 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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  • Lee S.

    Superb presentation by Greg Laden on climate change, rising sea levels and the weather whiplash effects such as floods in Colorado and droughts in agricultural areas. Extensive Q & A session....we all learned much!!!

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Paul S

    Excellent presentation and information.
    Sorry I had to leave early during the Q&A.
    Very glad I showed up.
    See you at the next one.

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Jan

    A great presentation. Much information that helps us understand all that is involved in climate change.

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Jim S.

    One of the best presentations, yet.

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Grace M.

    outstanding information and delivery

    1 · December 28, 2013

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