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E-M:/ Mon., Nov. 17 Climate Change talk



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Enviro-Mich message from Larry Nooden <ldnum@umich.edu>
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MONDAY, 7:45 P.M. CLIMATE CHANGES AT THE POLES AND AT HOME: CHOICES FOR ALTERNATIVE FUTURES - KNUTE NADELHOFFER, Director, University of Michigan Biological Station, Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Free and open to the public. Michigan Botanical Club - Huron Valley Chapter at the at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI

This is a very timely topic with huge implications for all of us. The polar regions are especially beautiful and fascinating, but understanding them is taking on a new urgency.

Polar regions are responding more rapidly than most other parts of the Earth to rapid accumulations of greenhouse gases in our planet?s atmosphere. Although the drivers of climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic are located in lower latitudes, warming in these regions may be feeding back to further accelerate climate change in temperate and tropical regions. Strategies for slowing climate warming in polar regions, and for reducing the probability that melting of ice caps and permafrost will serve as ?tipping points? to accelerate climate change will be discussed.

Knute has more than 20 years of experience in study the ecology of northern forests and arctic tundra ecosystems and more than a 100 scholarly publications. As Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station in northern Michigan, he manages and develops research and education programs focused on climate change effects in the Great Lakes region.


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