Responding to Cataclysms & Climate Change

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 7 p.m.

Summer Reading AtomThe Earth’s climate has been unusually stable for the past 10,000 years.  This is in contrast to the geologic record of the Earth’s past which is filled with examples of climate change on all scales of magnitude, including globally cataclysmic events that have permanently altered the face of the planet.  Scientists agree that we are now at the beginning of a new phase of climate change.  Will this be a relatively small change?  One which requires only modest response from Earth’s inhabitants?  Or will the climate change permanently alter the ecosystems and environments that have become established over the past 10,000 years?  In this talk Professor Victor Zabielski will discuss several examples of natural cataclysms from Earth’s past to understand how the planet responded in each of the different scenarios.  This record of past events will give us insights into what to expect in the near future for our planet.