Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science June 12
Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science, June 12:
The truths, the myths, and the solutions to global warming will be the topic of the next Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science presentation on June 12. The program, beginning at 10 a. m., will feature Dr. John Harte, distinguished Professor of the Graduate School of the University of California, Berkley, discussing “Global Warming: Why the Problem Is Worse than You Thought,… and the Solution is Simpler.”
Dr. Harte begins with a summary of the major findings, and implications for policy, from a 30-year climate research project at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory with an emphasis on the critical and pernicious role of feedbacks to the climate system. He continues with an analysis of some of the major myths about climate that pervade the media and suggests effective ways to counter them including addressing that greatest myth - that there is no solution. He then discusses a wide variety of approaches to preventing catastrophic warming and assesses the feasibility of each. He concludes that an enlargement of the boundaries of our thinking and approaching the many threats to civilization systemically opens a pathway to a sustainable future.
Dr. Harte’s career since completing his PhD at the University of Wisconsin includes a multitude of recognitions including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Leo Szilard prize from the American Physical Society, and the 2006 George Polk award in investigative journalism as a co-recipient. He is an elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, the Ecological society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on six National Academy of Sciences Committees and has authored over 240 scientific publications, including eight books. Dr. Harte’s research focuses on ecology, global change, complexity science, and energy policy and sustainability.
The free-admission talk is open to the public and will be held in person at the Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett St., Salida, with doors opening at 9:30 a. m. The talk will start at 10 a.m.
Please join us with these COVID considerations so we can continue to meet in person while reducing the spread of COVID and risk for everyone.
- Masks will be required at the door.
- Socializing will take place outside, before and after the program.
Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of illness or know you have been exposed. Unvaccinated people are more likely to spread COVID so please consider our more vulnerable community members when deciding whether to attend. The talk will be available for viewing on the Humanists website shortly after June 12.