Climate change talk to address human impact, possible solutions

November 29, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Feliza Casano



The UT College of Innovative Learning will host a discussion on the human dimension of the global climate change issue.

Jorgensen

Dr. Andy Jorgensen, UT associate professor of chemistry and director of general chemistry, will give the lecture titled “Global Climate Change: What Is It? How Will It Affect Us? Can We Reduce the Impact by Our Actions?” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Wolfe Hall Room 1205.

“Climate change is something students will have to cope with in their future, as consumers, as professionals and even regarding health, as climate change can cause new or increased health impacts,” Jorgensen said. “Our world will be noticeably affected, which will be even more apparent and important for those young enough to be able to see the changes as they grow older.”

Jorgensen will present background information about climate change and methods used to characterize the changes. The discussion also will include possible consequences of different scenarios as well as possible solutions.

“We will talk about the facts of climate change and what we can do to address it,” Jorgensen said.

Much of the presentation is based on work Jorgensen did on sabbatical in 2008 and 2009 as a Senior Fellow with the National Council for Science and the Environment. His current research related to climate change is supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Participants will be invited to join the discussion and present their own suggestions on possible ways to respond to global climate change.

Those who have personal response devices known as “clickers” are encouraged to bring them to make their experience even more interactive. Additional clickers will be provided at the free, public event.