Originally published in Compass, July 10, 2014
Lecture to explore weather and climate change
Does erratic weather mean we are experiencing permanent climate change? To what extent have human activities contributed? Is climate change a national security threat?
Acclaimed scientist Paul Mayewski, PhD. Professor and Director at University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, will discuss these issues when he delivers the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Distinguished Lecture “Is Climate Instability In Our Future? And Other Updates” at the Marine Environmental Research Institute, 55 Main Street in Blue Hill, on Wednesday, July 16. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. and is preceded by a reception honoring the speaker at 5:30 p.m. All lectures in the 2014 series “Seeking A Healthy Planet” are free and open to the public, according to a news release from MERI.
Mayewski has led over 50 expeditions to remote regions including the Tibetan Plateau, Tierra del Fuego, the Himalayas, and the Antarctic where he directed the first multi-disciplinary, over-snow scientific expedition to the South Pole. He finds that “pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions are now at levels absolutely or potentially hazardous to the environment and human health.”
Mayewski is a Fellow of American Society for the Advancement of Science and his honors include: the first-ever internationally awarded Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Medal, the Seligman Crystal from the International Glaciological Society, an honorary PhD. from Stockholm University and a private audience in the Forbidden City (Beijing, China).