Climate Change: Arizona’s New Reality

Climate Change is in the news with record-breaking heat, drought, and fires across the country. Not to mention amplified storms and hurricane weather around the world over the past few years. But many say that climate change isn’t in the news enough, given the severity of its effects and the long-term disruption it will cause to society.

Starting September 8, Citizen’s Climate Lobby and UA Institute of the Environment will present a three part series: "Climate Change: Arizona's New Reality."

Climate change is real and affecting our home. Hear how to put the brakes on climate change and learn about ways to deal with a hotter future. Meet students who are taking action and arm yourself with information.

All programs take place at the Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101. N. Stone Ave. in the Lower Level Meeting Room. Show up at 2:30pm to interact with youth environmental groups. Lectures start at 3:00pm.

Climate Change and the Future of the Southwest 

Saturday, September 8, 2018 (3:00PM – 4:30PM)

Presented by Dr. Gregg Garfin. Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and deputy director for science translation and outreach in the University’s Institute of the Environment.

Designing Policy to Control Climate Change

Saturday, September 29, 2018 (3:00PM – 4:30PM)

Presented by Dr. Derek Lemoine. Professor Lemoine's research combines economic theory and computational methods to better understand the dynamics of environmental policy and of energy systems. 

Adapting to Climate Change

Saturday, October 20, 2018 (3:00PM – 4:30PM)

Presented by Katharine Jacobs, faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) within the Institute of the Environment. 

More about climate change:

There’s a hot new academic paper, downloaded 270,000 times in just a few days, published early in August by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that describes the feedback loops in our climate that are pushing us towards runaway global warming, to a point after which the global temperatures will climb to a new equilibrium much higher than today. Here’s a link to the paper with the first line from the Abstract:

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

“We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization of the climate at intermediate temperature rises and cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced.”

Here is a more accessible article in the Guardian, featuring one of the paper’s authors, Johan Rockström.

Check out NASA’s cool multimedia website Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Here is a booklist on climate change and another on climate change fiction, also know as Cli-Fi.

Check out a few titles from the lists:

Climate Change and the Health of Nations

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Dangerous Years

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