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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
March 15, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. — Top Northern Illinois University researchers on climate change will share their expertise in a series of seven public presentations revolving around the recent report on global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The series will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Montgomery Hall Auditorium with an overview of the IPCC report and a discussion on the science that goes into global-climate models. Each presentation will include question-and-answer sessions and discussion.
“This entire series aims to provide the general public with a sense of the science behind the IPCC report, information on the causes and consequences of global warming and possible solutions,” said NIU Presidential Science Adviser Gerald Blazey, who along with Geography Professors David Goldblum and Jie Song, will present the first public presentation.
“What we’re really tying to do is put the evidence out there so people can learn about the issues and make their own judgments,” Blazey said.
The report by the United Nation’s IPCC warns that global warming is very likely caused by human behavior and will require international action to stem potentially devastating effects across the globe.
“The topic of global warming has had a history of being politically sensitive. We intend to examine the issues objectively and leave politics outside the door,” said Andrew Krmenec, chair of the NIU Department of Geography.
“The extent of climate change that our planet has seen could have a component that is natural, but we also know without question that humans are having an impact,” he said. “We’ve known that for a long time. The key questions are: How much are we contributing to global warming and what can we do to counteract those impacts?”
Krmenec, whose department organized the series on climate change, said the presentations will be geared for high school students, college students and adults. “These presentations are intended for a non-science audience, so you won’t need a degree in physics, chemistry, geology or geography to understand the information,” he said.
The presentations will be held on consecutive Thursdays, all from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Montgomery Hall Auditorium. In addition to the March 22 kickoff event, the schedule of presentations is as follows.
More to come
Krmenec added that the geography department intends to hold another series on global climate change sometime during the next academic year.
“There are many dimensions to this issue, including environmental ethics, economics and alternative energies,” he said. “As a public service, we want to continue with these presentations in the foreseeable future.”
For more information on the series, contact presentation organizer David Goldblum at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 753-6839.