Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Climate Change: Reasons for More Debate and More Optimism

Dr. Jim Steele
San Francisco State University

About the Talk

The media has inundated the public with horror stories suggesting global warming is leading the earth’s wildlife into extinction. Jim Steele presents an ecologist’s perspective and critiques the current state of iconic “climate” species from penguins to polar bears to the more local pika and butterflies of California. While it is wise to think globally, all organisms react locally. Jim examines how local landscape changes and the local effects of natural climate cycles have been misconstrued as catastrophic global warming, provides a more optimistic analyses and suggests ways we can act locally to build a more resilient environment.

About the Speaker

Jim Steele is an ecologist who served as Director of San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus from 1985 to 2010, transforming it into one of California’s premiere environmental education and research centers. During his 18 years as principal investigator for the U. S. Forest Service Neotropical Migratory Bird Monitoring in Riparian Habitats on the Tahoe National Forest, California, Jim forged an intimate understanding of the myriad of factors that affect local and regional climate and the response of wildlife. Concerned that the focus on global warming was misdirecting conservation research away from more critical landscape changes and natural climate cycles, he wrote the book Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Change.

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Place: Pyramid Alehouse - Snow Cap Room
901 Gilman Street
Berkeley CA 94710

Dr. Steele's presentation has been posted on YouTube in four parts:

Part 1: Climate Sensitivity and Drought: Landscape Changes vs CO2

Part 2: Droughts and Heatwaves: Ocean Oscillations vs CO2

Part 3: Recovering Whales, Ocean Acidification and Climate Horror Stories

Part 4: Penguins, Polar Bears and Sea Ice

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