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Climate Change Debate: The Science Behind the Fuss
Thursday, 15 May 2014, 04:30pm - 05:30pm

Hellertown Area Library Presents

Climate Change Debate:

The Science Behind the Fuss

James R. Siverly, PhD.

     Climate change is a subject that has morphed from an axiomatic description of our planet’s changing weather patterns to a controversial issue (aka global warming) pitting scientists against one another. The former reflects the historical reality that climate, having undergone cycles of warm and cold periods over billions of years, is not static.   Debate on the subject escalated of late over the causes of increasing average global temperatures during the last four decades.

     Dr. Siverly investigated the scientific issues underlying the global warming controversy and will illuminate the main concepts that explain why this subject is so controversial.   Emphasis will be placed on an in-depth look at the underlying science related to several key aspects of the climate change debate, as opposed to a general overview that one can read in an online review or in many books on the subject. For example, the value and limitations of climate models will be discussed by examining the equations on which the models are based.

     The presentation will interest those seeking a greater understanding of climate science to   better interpret media reports and more effectively participate in climate change discussions. Students will be interested in seeing science and math applied to real world issues and learning about the prospects of a career in a climate related science.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hellertown Library

409 Constitution Ave., Hellertown, PA

4:30 – 5:30 PM