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Katherine Hayhoe Colloquium Abstract (Jan 30, 2019)

Mitigate, Adapt — or Suffer: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts and Solutions

Climate is changing — throughout the US Southwest, across the United States, and for the planet as a whole. Temperatures are increasing, rainfall patterns are shifting, and extreme precipitation and heat wave events are becoming more frequent.

The US National Climate Assessment documents how climate change isn’t just a problem for polar bears or future generations any more — it’s affecting us, here and now. Not only that, but the choices we make today will have profound impact on our future: the faster we cut our carbon emissions, the less adaptation will be needed, and the more suffering we can avert.

How can we prepare for the changes we can’t avoid, and avoid those we can? Join Katharine Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science connecting our choices to future impacts, and highlights the actions that are being taken to combat this critical issue today.