Earth Day (April)

Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Posted: April 14, 2023 at 2:45 pm, Last Updated: April 14, 2023 at 2:46 pm

This talk addresses the scientific and social concepts associated with renewable and non-renewable energy and the environment. It will provide an overview of the physical concept of energy as well as the scientific thoughts and processes. The talk examines both the non-renewable and renewable sources of energy in use today alongside the viable alternatives for […]

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Harold Geller

Amazon Rainforest: Social and Environmental Dimensions of a Crucial World Region

Posted: July 30, 2021 at 2:52 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:05 pm

The world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, Amazonia has come under increasing threat in recent years. Understanding what’s at stake for the global climate requires an appreciation for the complex entanglements of landscape, culture, and politics in the region. Solutions to the environmental crises of deforestation, land degradation, fire, and climate change lie in […]

A/V requirements: Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen

Jeremy Campbell

The Science of Climate Change

Posted: February 21, 2020 at 3:34 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:02 pm

A simple description of the basic science of climate change. What is known for sure, and what is uncertain.

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Robert Ehrlich (no evening engagements)

Climate Change: Preparing for the New Normal in Virginia

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm, Last Updated: June 21, 2022 at 7:02 pm

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that all of us are inadvertently doing something about the weather – we are changing it. The reality of global climate change is now undeniable and the likelihood is high that human activities have caused the majority of […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector and Screen

Jim Kinter

Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

This talk considers the impetus to move away from fossil fuels and towards greater usage of renewable energy. It also considers the advantages and problems associated with renewable energy, a possible future for nuclear energy, and the best science-informed policy with regard to our energy future.

A/V requirements: LCD projector and screen

Robert Ehrlich (no evening engagements)

Conflict and Climate Change Policy

Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

Conflict over climate change is generated by the interaction of the storylines that people use to describe their positions and advocate polices. Understanding these storyline dynamics is the first step toward the design and implementation of forums where they can be explored and addressed in ways that support learning, as well as the resolution of […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Sara Cobb