Climate change threatens human health and well-being in numerous ways, from increased extreme weather events, wildfires, and decreased air quality, to insect-transmitted diseases, food and water contamination, and mental health threats. Despite these challenges, responding to climate change also provides opportunities to improve human health and well-being, as many of the strategies used to address climate change offer a variety of other benefits that protect people while combating climate change. This webinar will provide information about:
- Climate change impacts on health in the United States.
- Potential strategies for climate change adaptation in the public health sector
- Possible opportunities to benefit health while addressing climate change
The ecosystems of the Great Lakes are critical national resources, yet their large-scale functioning and interactions with climate change are poorly explained. How do physical drivers impact chemistry and ecology? How are invasive species reacting to physical change? How will the Great Lakes respond to increasing atmospheric CO2? Numerical models and data help us to answer these questions, and to identify future research priorities. This webinar will provide information about:
- Biogeochemistry, carbon cycling and invasive species in Lakes Superior and Michigan
- Impacts of physical change on carbon cycling and invasive species
- Prospects for acidification of the Great Lakes due to CO2 uptake from the atmosphere
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With the recent Presidential and Congressional elections behind us, what can we now expect with regard to energy and climate change policy in the US? Will President Obama's reelection result in movement in either climate or clean energy legislation in Congress, despite a “status quo” Congress? What role will EPA play in formulating future climate policy through new regulations? Could a carbon tax play a role in a future budget deal to close the large Federal deficit? How does the implementation of the current regulations on automobiles and utilities along with the emergence of large shale gas supplies affect President Obama's Copenhagen commitments for a 17% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020? This webinar will provide a perspective on:
- potential future energy and climate change policies in the US
- the effect of economic concerns on climate policy
- the role of government agencies in new approaches to the problem
This webinar will present research from an ongoing program conducted by George Mason University and Yale University analyzing Americans’ interpretations of and responses to climate change. The research segments the American public into six audiences along a spectrum of concern and issue engagement: from the Alarmed, who are convinced of the reality and danger of climate change, and who are highly supportive of personal and political actions to mitigate the threat, to the Dismissive, who are equally convinced that climate change is not occurring and that no response should be made. The Six Americas are not very different demographically, but are dramatically different in their beliefs and actions, as well as their basic values and political orientations. This webinar will provide information about:
- How segments of the American public think about the issue of climate change
- Principles for effective communication
- The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
Glaciers are one of Nature’s best thermometers, and perhaps its most sensitive and unambiguous indicator of climate change. This webinar will discuss the “inconvenient truth” of global climate change through:
- an introduction to climate change,
- a brief look at how past climate changes have impacted Peruvian cultures,
- the latest evidence for the recent acceleration of the rate of glacier loss world-wide,
- evidence that some glaciers like the Quelccaya ice cap (the world’s largest tropical ice cap) in the Andes of Peru are now smaller than they have been in over 6,000 years.
This evidence will then be discussed in terms of our “inconvenient mind”. Here we will look at some of our basic belief systems, as identified by behavior analysts, that relate to how humans respond to climate change issues. In addition, I will discuss what I see as our options and the greatest challenges of the 21st Century.