The public is invited to three free events on climate change at the New England Aquarium examining the science and impact of manmade climate change.
On Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., a special event with the MIT Lorenz Center will feature the lecture: Predicting Climate in a Chaotic World: How Certain Can We Be? Oxford University’s Timothy Palmer will speak about the science and difficulty of predicting weather – and on a larger scale – global climate change. Can we have any confidence at all in long-range predictions of weather or even human-induced climate change?
On Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m., the Aquarium will feature its new book Underwater Eden: Saving the Last Coral Wilderness on Earth.
This book is about the Aquarium’s work over the last decade to set up one of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Phoenix Islands (Kiribati) in the central Pacific Ocean. Most of Phoenix Islands’ fabled coral reefs have begun to recover despite recent bleaching incidents. In 2010, the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Several Aquarium, some who contributed to the book will speak about their expeditions to te isolated archipelago including Steve Bailey, Curator of Fishes, Dr. Randi Rotjan, coral reef research scientist, and Heather Tausig, Vice President of Conservation. Peter Shelley, an environmental lawyer who helped create the marine protected area, will also participate. The book’s author, Dr. Greg S. Stone, will also be part of the discussion. A book signing will follow.
On Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., a photographic then and now called Double Exposure: Photographing Environmental Change will document the impacts of climate and change on specific locations and will be presented by David Arnold, a former Boston Globe reporter. Arnold has been tracking the dramatic changes taking place around the world, revisiting glaciers photographed decades ago by the late Bradford Washburn of Boston’s Museum of Science and coral reefs shot by the underwater photography pioneers. Arnold will present his photos along with New England Aquarium President and CEO Bud Ris who will give a brief overview of the latest scientific information about climate changes’ impact on the oceans.
The Nov. 1 event will be in the Simons IMAX Theatre on Central Wharf at the Aquarium. The events on Nov. 8 and 15 will be in the Aquarium’s Harborside Learning Lab. For more information and to register, please go here.
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