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Dealing With Climate Change
PG&E Energy Education Center
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Dealing With Climate Change
Climate Change, and how to deal with it, is a topic of increasing interest in view of recent severe and costly weather events.

Dr. Ray Weymann taught a popular course for LLCC last year on the science of climate change. This year, Dr. Weymann has assembled an outstanding group of six respected experts to further illuminate and expand on this subject, one that is so critical to us and to our children.

The first session will include a summary of the material covered last year. This new course will appeal to those who took last year's course as well as those who did not, as it will present new material describing how climate change will affect us as well as our options for dealing with it.

March 5, 2014 -- In the first session of this four-session class, Dr. David Hafemeister and Dr. Dave Camp will summarize the science of climate change and describe theories such as the greenhouse effect and the conservation of energy. Dr. Camp will also discuss the earth's climate history and what that might tell us about our present climate.

March 12, 2014 -- The second session features three speakers who will focus on the worldwide, national, and local impacts of climate change. Dr. Ray Weymann will point out some of the global indicators of climate change, such as sea level rise, sea ice melt, and surface temperature records. John Lindsey will describe the changes in weather patterns on the Central Coast, and Dr. Lou Pitelka will discuss the effects of climate change on U.S. ecosystems, especially in California.

March 19 and 26, 2014 -- The last two sessions of this class will focus on options for dealing with climate change. On March 19, Dr. Shelley Hurt will discuss the role of the U.S. in transitioning to new energy sources in the 21st century, and Dr. Peter Schwartz will discuss the economics and technical status of energy production from both fossil fuels and low-carbon emission sources.

March 19 and 26, 2014
The last two sessions of this class will focus on options for dealing with climate change. On March 19, Dr. Shelley Hurt will discuss the role of the U.S. in transitioning to new energy sources in the 21st century, and Dr. Peter Schwartz will discuss the economics and technical status of energy production from both fossil fuels and low-carbon emission sources.

In the final session Dr. Schwartz will first conclude his discussion of energy production; to be followed Mr. Lindsey who will discuss requirements of alternative energy sources from the perspective of a utility company. The last half of this session will be shared by all the presenters as a panel. with  Dr. Camp, Dr. Hafemeister, Dr. Pitelka, Dr. Schwartz, and Mr. Lindsey answering and discussing questions submitted by class participants.

There will be ample opportunity for audience question and comments throughout the sessions,

Your presenters:

Dr. David Hafemeister is Professor Emeritus and a part-time lecturer at Cal Poly. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois. He served as Science Advisor to Sen. John Glenn, was Special Assistant and Expert Consultant in the U. S. State Department's Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy and as study director at the National Academy of Sciences. Among other publications, he is the author of Physics of Sustainable Energy II, Using Energy Efficiently and Producing it Renewably.

Dr. Charles David Camp, an associate professor of mathematics at Cal Poly, earned his Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. He is a founding member of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network (www.mathclimate.org), a virtual research center funded by the National Science Foundation. As the leader of the Cal Poly node of the MCRN, Dave mentors undergraduate students in research on the development and implementation of time series analysis techniques and low-order mathematical models for the study of the Earth's recent and past climates.

Dr. Ray Weymann is a retired astrophysicist and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He is a co-founder of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team that supplies accurate information to environmental journalists about climate science. He has used his background in physics and astrophysics to educate the public about climate science and has given numerous talks and short courses on climate science. He maintains a website, www.centralcoastclimatescience.org, as a resource for those interested in climate science.

Mr. John Lindsey is a corporate relations representative for Pacific Gas and Electric Company at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. He has been forecasting weather and oceanographic conditions along the central Coast of California for more than 20 years. Prior to that, he was a marine meteorologist and served in the U.S. Navy. He is president of the Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers and serves on the boards of San Luis Obispo County United Way and PG&E Veterans Resource Group.

Dr. Louis Pitelka, a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, is a senior visiting scientist at NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network, in Boulder, CO. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in plant ecology and has been involved in research on the effects of climate change and other elements of global change on natural ecosystems for more than 20 years. Now semi-retired, he has been involved in many national and international climate-related research projects, science programs, and assessments, including several international IPCC climate assessments.

Dr. Shelley Hurt, an assistant professor of political science at Cal Poly, earned her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. Her research focuses on science and technology policy, the interaction of the private and public sector, and the role of the U.S. government in technology development. She is currently completing her first book, Winning the Cold War Science Race: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Origins of the World Trade Organization, based on newly declassified material from the Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter Presidential Libraries about the internationalization of intellectual property law, agricultural biotechnology, and food power.

Dr. Peter Schwartz is an associate professor of physics at Cal Poly. He earned his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University.  He likes all kinds of solar technologies, especially concentrated solar.  His interest is to explore sustainable solutions in technology and lifestyle, collaboratively with the developing world.  He started and directs a collaborative summer school in Guatemala (www.guateca.com) and is active locally building community.  His professional and home activities are an ongoing experiment in environmental impact reduction.

This course has four class sessions: Wednesdays, March 5, 12,19,& 26 from 10am - 12 noon.

Purchase of a ticket for this course entitles you to attend all four class sessions.

Please purchase a separate ticket for each person so that we can have a record of all attendees.

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If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.


PG&E Energy Education Center (View)
6588 Ontario Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
United States


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