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The Science of Climate Change and the Question of Our Response: A CAU summer program led by Robert Ross

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cornell Campus

July 14-20, 2019

In October 2018, the United Nations reported that climate change is moving at locomotive speed and humanity must make bold changes to avert worldwide catastrophes. Why are scientists so sure climate change exists and that humans are exponentially expediting it?

With Rob Ross, associate director of outreach at the Museum of the Earth, we'll explore these and other questions through multiple lenses, from the Earth sciences to the social sciences. We'll learn the relationship of carbon dioxide to climate, examine variations of the gas in our environment, and contrast current climate change with changes in the geologic past, manifested in local rocks and landscapes. We'll also learn how choices in energy and infrastructure affect the carbon cycle and consider the urgent need for better options, including some initiated at Cornell. Throughout the week, we'll consider what we can do about this looming peril.

This program is part of Cornell’s Adult University (CAU), which offers education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Programs include off-campus travel adventures and weeklong on-campus summer courses open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends.

For more information and to register, visit, email, or call 607.255.6260.

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School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Sustainability


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Catherine Penner

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All adults

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