Climate Science: What's New?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Abstract: Human emissions of greenhouse gases now overwhelm the influence of natural drivers on Earth's climate. How will our energy choices and resulting emissions affect temperature and precipitation, extreme events, sea level rise and more, over this century and beyond? What are the implications for meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement and avoiding dangerous change? And what about the potential for surprise, as we push the climate system harder and faster than any time in human history? Join Katharine as she highlights key results and new science from the first volume of the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment, and lays out what to expect from the second volume on how climate change is affecting regions and sectors across the U.S.
About the Speaker: Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She served as a lead author on the Second, Third, and Fourth National Climate Assessments and is also known for her communication and outreach efforts, such as the PBS Digital Series Global Weirding. This year, she was the recipient of the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. Katharine has a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a Professor of Public Administration and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.