Workshop: Climate Change 101: Understanding Global Warming

Course ID - CTD0495    

Short Title: Climate Change     

Audience:       Faculty, Staff, Administrators
Length of Workshop:        2 hours 
Prerequisite     none

In this Lunch and Learn session, scientist Tim Flannery will give a brief history of climate from the last ice age and will clarify current and future conditions of climate change. Flannery, an Australian biologist and paleontologist who says he had been skeptical of theories of global warming in the past, will look at the history of Earth's weather to compare it to the climate changes we are observing today that are linked to carbon dioxide emissions as well as those being modeled by computers for tomorrow. He will point out the differences, link current climate change to green house gas emissions, and help us reflect on the consequences. In addition he will call on us to begin to reformulate how we operate in our personal lives, our professions and in how we educate in our specific disciplines. 

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how climate change today is different from climate change of the last ice age.
  • Describe how carbon dioxide emissions are linked to climate change and how some polluting sources actually mask the effect of global warming.
  • Give examples of how multiple natural systems work interactively to create climate and how fluctuations in weather are becoming more extreme.
  • List the most current and worrisome examples of causes and effects in weather systems and ramifications for species diversity and current population centers
  • Explain how the US economy will suffer if it fails to explore development of renewable energy technology
  • Describe changes that can be made in personal and professional behavior that will lower carbon dioxide emissions



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Registration information
Course ID: - CTD0495 
Course Title: Climate Change 
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

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