Café Scientifique: Climate Whiplash
Thursday, September 8, 2011
From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global Warming? How might the current actions of human beings potentially change the fate of planet Earth? Join us in conversation with Curt Stager, Professor, Paleoecologist, Paul Smith's College, NY, as we look at the next 100,000 years of life on this great blue marble. Suggested donation $5. Event for 21+ with cash bar and themed drink; Free hors d’oeuvres sponsored by VT Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society.
Biographical Information about Curt Stager:
Curt is a paleoecologist, educator, and science journalist whose research has centered on the climatic history of Africa, Peru, and the Adirondack-Champlain region. He has published numerous technical articles in journals including Science and Quaternary Research, has written extensively for general audiences in periodicals such as National Geographic and Adirondack Life, and has co-hosted Natural Selections, a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio since 1990. He has taught natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College, NY, since 1987, and is an adjunct professor at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, Orono. His latest book, "Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth" (St. Martin's) examines the shockingly long legacy of our fossil fuel emissions and draws on Earth's history for examples of what it means for our future. In his spare time, he blogs for Fast Company, plays guitar and banjo, and co-directs the Mountain Arts Gathering, a summer music camp for adults in the Adirondacks.
Questions Curt would like us to consider:
1. Which is worse: global warming or global cooling?
2. Is human-driven climate change different from "natural" climatic change? If so, how?
3. Will humans even be around in 100,000 AD? Why or why not?
4. If global climate change of any kind can benefit some cultures or ecosystems while harming others, how should we decide what future climate "should" be like?
5. Who should decide what future global climate is going to be like?
6. What might people of the far future think of life in a warmer, less icy world?
Further information about this topic:
Author of "Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life On Earth"
Paul Smith's College faculty website: http://www.paulsmiths.edu/profiles/index.php?id=cstager