Experts to speak on status of climate change

Over the next 25 years, warmer, shorter New England winters will have fewer days below freezing and less snow, says a recent study coauthored by climatologist Raymond Bradley.

By Alheri Egor-Egbe ’17 

The UN accord on climate change that was adopted in Paris last December was an ambitious effort to reduce emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change, and provide support for developing countries in these efforts. 

A key goal of the agreement was to keep the increase in global temperature this century to below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels—and to pursue efforts to limit this temperature increase even further, to 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

Now almost a year after the Paris Agreement, the status of climate change is the subject of a three-speaker series at Mount Holyoke College, sponsored by the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the Science Center. 

Climate expert Raymond Bradley from the University of Massachusetts Amherst will kick off the series when he speaks to the question of “Where Do We Stand on Global Warming?” The talk is at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 6, in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building. 

“The Climate Change Speaker Series is both timely and exciting,” said Catherine Corson, associate professor of environmental studies and director of the Miller Worley Center. “Each speaker will explore a different aspect of climate change such as science, ethics, politics, economics, philosophy, and social justice.” 

The series fits perfectly with the Miller Worley Center’s mission to engage students in the interdisciplinary dimensions of environmental study and to explore issues local and global, Corson said.

“These speakers bring a variety of expertise and perspectives,” she said. “We welcome a broad and engaging community conversation on these topics at this critical juncture in our history.” 

As director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bradley has lectured around the world about climate change as well as testified before the US Senate and advised state and federal officials. Bradley has either written or edited over a dozen  books on climatology and paleoclimatology and published more than 180 journal articles. He is a University Distinguished Professor in the geosciences department at UMass Amherst. 

Jamieson and Ivanova also to speak 

The second speaker in the series is Dale Jamieson, professor of environmental studies and philosophy at New York University. He will speak on “Living with Climate Change: The Road from Paris,” on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Jamieson is also an affiliated professor of bioethics and of law. 

The final speaker will be Maria Ivanova ’96, winner of the 2010 Mary Lyon Award. She will speak on the topic: “Good Cop, Bad Cop: Climate Change After Paris,” on Thursday, December 1, 2016. 

Ivanova is an associate professor in the conflict resolution, human security, and global governance department in the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is codirector of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, and director of the Global Environmental Governance Project. 

All talks will be held at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium, Art Building. 

Support for this lecture series is also made possible by the Nordhoff Environmental Literacy Endowed Fund, the Norton Environmental Fund, and the Science Center Directorship Fund. 

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