Local Scientists Caring for Our Earth

Vera Schulte-Pelkum, PhD  (UC Boulder)
“Is climate change nothing new? Yes, the Earth has weathered massive swings in climate before, but not without consequences. As a geophysicist who works on tectonic processes spanning millions of years, I can offer a long-range view on geological climate history. We will explore drivers of planetary temperatures, take a tour of climate swings in the geological record and their effects such as mass extinctions, and compare human emissions to those from natural sources such as volcanism. Having grown up in Germany and Japan, I will also contemplate the morals of individual conduct and consequences in hindsight of collective avoidance.”