Keeping Up With Global Warming:
The Problem That Won't Go Away
A Series of 3 Illustrated Talks on the Science of the Sun, Earth, and Its Atmosphere
September 1: Making Predictions
Science is used primarily to understand nature. Such understanding allows us to make predictions about natural phenomena that can be vitally important to inhabitants of Earth, including humans. Climate, for example, lends itself well to prediction, compared to weather, which does not.
The last part of this illustrated series of talks focuses on the evidence for continued warming of the Earth and the basis of predictions on how hot it will get, and when. Questions to be addressed include:
- How are these predictions made?
- What effects will the increased temperatures have on nature as we know it?
- Can animals and humans adapt to higher temperatures?
- What methods are being proposed to reduce the heating of the earth?
- Can we bring the temperature of the Earth "back to where it was?"
No previous knowledge of math or science is needed to understand the illustrated presentation.
Please note: Attending all 3 talks will provide the best background to understand this environmental problem, as each talk builds on the information from the previous one. However, attending any one or two of them will give you some understanding of this increasingly worrisome problem for all inhabitants of this beautiful planet.
Instructor: Barbara-Ann G. Lewis, PhD
Ms. Lewis is Associate Professor Emeritus, Environmental Engineering, at Northwestern University and a former Environmental Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.
When: Sun, 9/1, 12:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room B, Main Library
100 Larkin St.
This free program is co-sponsored by the Business, Science & Technology Center of San Francisco Public Library and the University of the Commons.
Check uotc.org for a complete list of free University of the Commons classes.