Heat waves, extreme weather, animal and plant extinctions, and wildfires are on the rise. Worldwide, glaciers are melting, the oceans are warmer, and global mean sea level is accelerating upward. These effects are the result of releasing CO2 through our use of fossil fuels. Unexpected consequences are emerging such as political turmoil, ocean anoxia, and declining nutritional value of our food. Global warming is generating dangerous climate change and making parts of Earth unlivable. The resulting tide of refugees strains geopolitical relationships and is giving rise to radical nationalism. These, and other, aspects of the climate crisis will be discussed in a fast-paced, content-rich, highly visual presentation that is grounded in the scientific, peer-reviewed literature.
Dr. Chip Fletcher is Professor of Earth Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the Univeristy of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also Vice-Chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission. He and his research team recently completed modeling of the impacts of sea level rise in Hawai‘i. These results are included in the Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report, available on-line. He and his students have published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and he has published 3 text books on Hawaiian coastal systems, Earth Sciences, and Climate Change.
Free and open to the public. Limited seating. Call (808) 270-7075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm