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  Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture: The Science of Climate Change   

Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture: The Science of Climate Change

  • Location: Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Springfield
  • Date: Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Eric C. Grimm, Curator and Chair of Botancy, Illinois State Museum, will present The Science of Climate Change.

This presentation will focus on how scientists reconstruct past climate, how they understand the major natural and anthropogenic drivers of climate change, and how these drivers may affect future climate change. The long-term driver of climate change is cyclical change in solar radiation coupled with important feedbacks with atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Due to these drivers, climate changed from the coldest phase of the last ice age, about 24,000 years ago, to a very warm interglacial period beginning about 11,600 years ago. Only 1-2% of the past two million years have been as warm as the current interglacial period. Greenhouse gases have now risen to concentrations higher than any seen during the past 650,000 years, and probably much longer. Thus, global temperatures may rise to levels not seen for at least two million years.

PLEASE NOTE: The January program will be held in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street. 

Discover Illinois' rich prehistoric and historic past by attending an ISM Paul Mickey Science Series Program. A different speaker and topic are featured each month. For more information on upcoming topics and speakers, please contact Nina Walthall at (217) 782-0061 or (217) 785-0037.

  • Second Wednesday of each month
  • 7:00 to 8:30 PM
  • Free and Open to the Public


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