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Climate Change in California: Past, Present, and Future

Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 8:00 am — 5:00 pm

This course will begin with an overview of what drives climate change now and what has driven it in the recent past. We will then discuss the physics of the greenhouse effect and our planet’s energy budget. Moving on, we will leave the present for a Deep Time perspective on climate, ranging from the extreme cold 650 million years ago to the end-Permian hot house. Before lunch, we end closer to home with the climate oscillation of the recent ice ages (last few millions of years) and its effect on North American floras.

In the afternoon, we will examine the impacts of climate change on society and environment focusing on California, and consider actions at the local, regional and state level to address these challenges. Participants will be asked to consider likely impacts in their own communities and how to balance competing demands, for example increasing protection from sea level rise vs. heat waves, or how to manage parks to achieve biodiversity conservation in a changing environment. Come prepared with your own questions about climate change for fruitful group discussion on the topic.

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