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Climate Change Seminar - The Oxymoronic Possibilities of Climate Change Comedy

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 2:55pm to 4:10pm

Warren Hall, B25

Summary: Virtually all writing and advocacy on climate change has so far been undertaken in a serious, or tragic, or even catastrophic mode.  Scientists present warnings that are almost always characterized as “dire.”  Book titles suggest that it’s time to write a requiem for our species and often invoke “the end of civilization.”  So what would happen if we approached climate change with a sense of humor?  Yeah, you’re right.  Probably nothing.  


The 2017 Cornell University Climate Change Seminar meets Monday afternoons through May 8. This university-wide seminar provides important views on the critical issue of climate change, drawing from many perspectives and disciplines. Experts from both Cornell University and other universities will present an overview of the science of climate change and climate change models, the implications for agriculture, ecosystems, and food systems, and provide important economic, ethical, and policy insights on the issue.

The seminar is free and open to the Cornell and Ithaca Community at large, and will be available via Zoom Webinar.

Organized and sponsored by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

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Dr. Aaron Sachs

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