Posted on February 21, 2014 by Christopher Thrall

Our Atmosphere on Steroids: Climate Change or What? Our industrialized society is almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels. As athletes inject steroids into their bodies to improve performance, we all inject greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, changing its energy balance. Just as a single home-run can’t be attributed to steroid use, increases in atmospheric greenhouse …

Our Atmosphere on Steroids: Climate Change or What?

18Mar - Lunch & Learn on Climate ChangeOur industrialized society is almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels. As athletes inject steroids into their bodies to improve performance, we all inject greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, changing its energy balance.

Just as a single home-run can’t be attributed to steroid use, increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases can’t be linked causally to any single extreme weather event. However, scientists from multiple disciplines are observing more intense storms, receding glaciers, declining thickness and extent of sea ice, and changes in precipitation and ecosystem patterns. They also predict worsening scenarios.

This seminar examines past and present climate trends, future predictions, as well as the emerging array of personal and societal responses. This Lunch & Learn session is presented by the Augustana Alumni Office.

Dr. Jack Waschenfelder is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and focuses on the intersection between religion, society and the environment. Jack co-leads Augustana’s India Tour and was the 2002-2003 recipient of the Augustana Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Glen Hvenegaard is a Professor of Environmental Science and Geography, teaching in the areas of physical geography and environmental conservation. Glen received a 2012 Augustana Teaching Award and a 2008-2009 McCalla Professorship from the University of Alberta.

Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, March 18
12 – 1 pm
Epp Conference Room

$5 Admission: Lunch included for those who register for the event
RSVP by Friday, March 14

To register, or for dietary concerns, email olafson@ualberta.ca or call 780-679-1626.


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