The Triangle Club Presents "Responding to Climate Change: in Iowa, the U.S., and China"

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 11:30am
Event Location: 
The UI Athletic Club
1360 Melrose Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52246

Jerald L. Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Occupational & Environmental Health, Co-Director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, presents "Responding to Climate Change: In Iowa, the U.S., and China."  Jerry is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (elected in 1999) for his pioneering work using mathematical models in science policy decisions.  He testified many times before Congress on environmental protection including the importance of passing the 1990 Clean Air Act.  Since 2003, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science and Technology, a leading journal in environmental science and engineering.  He chaired the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development from 2000-2004; and recently served on the EPA Science Advisory Board and the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council for NIEHS (2007-2011).  In 2010, Schnoor received the Simon W. Freese Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for his research and international leadership on water sustainability.  In 2013, he was honored as an Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and lectured throughout China.  Jerry’s research interests include water quality modeling, sustainability, phytoremediation, and climate change. 

How should we respond to the threat of changing climate?  The only thing that we know with some certainty is that it will be warmer overall with a likelihood of more extreme events (storms, floods, and droughts).  If fossil fuel emissions continue unabated, the planet will grow continuously much warmer for decades and centuries to come with more intense precipitation.   However, humans can reverse climate change by acting now.  We can be part of a global action network, a coalition of the willing, to constrain GHG emissions by 2020 and achieve steep cuts by 2050.  The U.S. can build a new green economy from energy efficiency, wind power, solar energy and biomass resources.  During my travels to various regions of the U.S. and China, I have observed different strategies for responding to climate change which is the subject of this talk. 

The Socializer begins at 11:30am, Brunch at 12:00pm, and the Program at approximately 12:45pm.  Brunch is $20.20 per person, and annual dues are $10.00 per person.