Welcome to the Anthropocene: A Conversation on Climate Change with Dr. David Archer
Date: Tue. July 23, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
6000 N. Broadway Street
Program: Adult Summer Learning Challenge
About this event:
Has our species permanently changed planet Earth, and if so, how? This question has been the subject of ongoing debate among geologists and environmentalists. Some have gone so far as to declare that we are living in a new geologic epoch, the 'anthropocene,' defined by humankind's lasting impact on Earth's climate and biodiversity.
Dr. David Archer will visit the Edgewater Branch to talk about the longevity of the climate impact from the emission of carbon dioxide. Dr. Archer is a professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago and has written numerous books including The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate (2009). The Long Thaw describes how the release of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels will continue to affect Earth's climate for hundreds of thousands of years. Some parts of the climate system are most sensitive to this 'long tail' of global warming, such as ice sheets and sea level.
Please join us to learn more about the future of the Earth and its inhabitants!