2015 Fall OLLI West course: Earth’s Climate: Past, Present and Future and Reasons for Concern

Course Description: click here
2015 revised syllabus: click here
Tuesday 9/15 9:30-11:30 thru 11/3/2015 for 8 weeks (no class 10/20), Ice core lab Th 11/5:

Class Type:  Illustrated Lectures, some video and discussion; in lieu of 3rd class there will be a field trip to National Ice Core Lab located at USGS in Lakewood; http://icecores.org/ at 9 a.m. Tuesday September 30th. I will have room for a total of 35 persons for the Ice Core Lab field trip and will solicit for other-than-class members on a first come, first served basis. See if your spouse or significant other wishes to come. Outline: see syllabus link above for details:

  1. Tuesday September 15th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Introduction; the difference between weather and climate; how Greenhouse gases (GHGs) work.
  2. Tuesday September 22rd, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Earth’s past climate history – and what caused those changes.
  3. Tuesday September 29th, 9:30-11:30-noon: The Present and Future: signs of climate change. Ocean acidification – CLICK HERE
  4. Tuesday October 6th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Ocean acidification, rates, models/future and the IPCC CLICK HERE
  5. Tuesday October 13th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Denial issues; Denial 101x: CLICK HERE
  6. Tuesday October 20st, 9:30-11:30 a.m. :NEW – GUEST SPEAKER: Bob Raynolds – on the Anthropocene CLICK HERE
  7. Tuesday, October 27th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Economics and Solutions – CLICK HERE
  8. Tuesday November 3th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Economics and Solutions (cont.), conclusion/sustainability CLICK HERE
  9. Thursday November 5th, 9:00-11:30-noon: Ice core lab: important: bring government issued ID – CLICK HERE 2nd half of page

NEW ARTICLE FROM JIM HANSEN HANSEN 20150921_IceMeltPredictions – also posted on week 2 page (link above)

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Facilitator: Paul Belanger; pebelanger@glassdesignresources.com; cell 303-249-7966