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Have We Reached a Tipping Point? The Possibilities and Implications of Abrupt Climate Change (online)

April 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Delta Maine Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at the University of Maine will welcome renowned geoscientist Richard Alley (Penn State University) on April 7 and 8 as its 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

Richard Alley studies the great ice sheets to help predict future changes in climate and sea level, including multiple trips to Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska and elsewhere. He has been honored for research (including election to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Membership in the Royal Society), teaching and service. Dr. Alley participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), and has provided advice to numerous government officials in multiple administrations.

On Wednesday, April 7 from 4–6 p.m., Alley will deliver a Zoom talk titled “Finding the good news on energy and environment,” where he will attempt to find good news in light of stories of climate catastrophe. Alley will argue for evidence that shows if we use knowledge wisely, we can build a larger economy in a cleaner environment with more jobs, improved health, and greater national security more consistent with the Golden Rule. Today’s students belong to the first generation in human history with confidence that they can build a sustainable energy system, providing the power we enjoy to everyone everywhere. Registration for Alley’s public lecture is available here.
On Thursday, April 8 at 3 p.m., Alley will be joined by faculty from across campus for a roundtable discussion titled  “Have We Reached a Tipping Point? The possibilities and Implications of Abrupt Climate Change.” Joining Professor Alley will be Don Beith (Philosophy); Sam Hanes (Anthropology; Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions), Cindy Isenhour (Anthropology; Climate Change Institute); Karl Kreutz, (Earth and Climate Sciences; Climate Change Institute), and Laura Rickard (Communication and Journalism; Climate Change Institute). Registration for Thursday’s roundtable is available here.
For more information, contact Brian Jansen, 


April 8
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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