Academy of Lifelong Learning

GLOBAL WARMING IS SPEEDING UP

GLOBAL WARMING IS SPEEDING UP

Social Science

Bentley Orrick

 

Ben Orrick

 

Fridays, March 22 – April 26 (six weeks) 4:15 – 5:30 pm
Lecture/Discussion

Will man-made global warming end modern civilization? The verdict of science is that it very well might without immediate and concerted action by the nations of the world. The only uncertainty is how quickly. Will it be our grandchildren or great-grandchildren who could end up in a world once again lit only by fire? Scientists have correctly predicted the climate changes already obviously underway, and are now warning that the end of a toler- able climate could be coming sooner than the end of our current century. In effect, they are saying that a sixth great extinction is underway and we are causing it. This course will give a short history of the science and the so-far suicidal politics of global warming denial, coupled with an in-depth look at the various feedback loops that threaten life as we know it on our planet.

BENTLEY ORRICK is a retired print reporter.