Lincoln Forum: “Climate Change in Nebraska”

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Event Date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Lincoln, Nebraska

An event for the general public to learn more from scientists about how climate change will affect Nebraska, sponsored by Missouri Valley Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters, and the Izaak Walton League.

From Sierra Club, Nebraska Chapter....

Contacts: Michael McClellan: 402-344-8044 or 402-686-9710 mclegal1@yahoo.com and and Dave Newell: 402-612-4195 danewell@netzero.net

“Climate Change and Nebraska: What does our Future Hold?

Sat. October 6th, 9:00 am to Noon
Hardin Hall Auditorium, UNL’s East Campus, 33rd & Holdredge St., Lincoln.

Climate change will impact Urban and Rural areas, Agriculture, and Public Health –
Can we anticipate the changes that are coming?

Climate change is real, and it is happening now. The change will affect every aspect of who we are and what we do. Quoting Omaha World-Herald columnist Erin Grace: “Climate change is here, so let’s talk.” (August 8, 2012, OWH) Understanding what is happening, and how it will affect our home state, is vitally important.

“Climate change can’t be ignored any longer. We need to understand the effects of climate change so that we can make necessary changes, both to attempt to mitigate its effects, but also to adapt to the changes we will endure,” said Steve Andrews, Missouri Valley Sierra Club Chair.

Two educational events – one in Lincoln (Oct. 6) and one in Omaha (Oct. 20) – are scheduled for students and the general public to learn more from scientists about how climate change will affect Nebraska in the immediate (25 years) and long term (50 to 100 years) future.

In Lincoln the speakers and presenters include:

Dr. Robert Oglesby, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present an overview of climate change and the effects on the Nebraska region into the future.

Dr. Song Feng, School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and will present models that predict the effects of climate change on the occurrence of drought in this region which show that the frequency of long-duration drought will increase. In general, drought intensity under higher carbon emission scenarios is greater than a low emission scenario. The increase of drought frequency and intensity will likely cause unexpected impact on future water resources and food security in the Great Plains.

Dr. Andrew Jameton, College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will present on the public health concerns, which will be significant, due to climate change. His overview of public health concerns will concentrate on Nebraska and the High Plains.

Dr. Adam Liska. Department of Agronomy & Horticulture at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present on the consequences of climate change including effects on energy and agriculture.

Interviews with presenters prior to the events can be arranged. High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC) has a “Primer” on climate change available [Climate Change on the Prairie:A Basic Guide to Climate Change in the High Plains Region, PDF]. Contact Mike McClellan for more information.

Sponsoring Organizations: the MO Valley Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters, and the Izaak Walton League.

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