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Is it Hot in Here? Climate Change Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Topics and Panelists:

Leading Green Cities and Jobs

Sarah Coffin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies, College of Education and Public Service, Saint Louis University

In 2005 the U.S. Conference of Mayors developed the Climate Protection Agreement, with cities that signed on agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 7% below their 1990 levels by the year 2012. In 2007, the Conference surveyed Mayors from the 134 participating cities (of which St. Louis was one); and their findings suggest important job opportunities for the future. That future is tied to trends like renewable energy, eco-industrial parks, green technology, green building, recycling, and ideas we have yet to discover.

Climate Change in a Biodiversity Hotspot

Ellen Damschen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

A changing climate is profoundly impacting plants and animals across the globe. Washington University ecologist, Ellen Damschen, shares how climate change has affected plants in a global biodiversity hotspot, the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and talks about the 50-year-old data set that helped her determine how plants have changed because of climatic warming.

Climate Changes, Stock Prices and Other Random Processes: Should We Bet on the Trend ?

William Dannevik, Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology and Chair, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University

Climate varies naturally on many different time scales — from years to millennia — regardless of whether greenhouse gases are added to the atmosphere. Scientists use climate simulation models to help detect systematic climate changes and to explore the likely causes of such variations. But… how reliable can we expect such models to be?

The Heat is On: The Truth about Global Climate Change

Mark Hildebrandt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Climate change is likely to cause altered precipitation and temperature regimes around the world, including the United States and in the St. Louis metropolitan region. The impacts will affect most every facet of our lives, from food availability, energy consumption and demands on infrastructure, to our educational expectations and employment opportunities.


STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS – one $250 Middle School Student Scholarship and one $250 High School Student Scholarship. Attend 3 of the 5 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2010!

To be held at Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 W. Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122

Parking free in the high school lot.

This event is free and open to middle and high school students, teachers, adults, and the general public.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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