Speaker Series: Communicating Abrupt Climate Change

Recent climate reports warn of looming tipping points—thresholds of global warming that, if exceeded, could set in motion cascading environmental and economic impacts. How much time do we have to adapt?

 Dr. Richard Alley from Penn State University joins The Franklin Institute’s, Environmental Scientist, Dr. Rachel Valletta, for a discussion on the threat of abrupt climate change, and what it means for modern civilization. Reflecting on over 40 years of studying global changes in ice, sea level, and climate, Alley will discuss how his work to uncover Earth’s ancient climate increases our understanding of current threats. As scientific evidence continues to point to the likelihood of dire consequences, how do we also tackle the challenges inherent in communicating the “known unknowns” of climate change?

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