YSU Lecture Series on Energy and the Environment focuses on global warming

One of the featured lecturers is Søren Hermansen, director of Samsoe Energy Academy and the head of the Samsoe renewable energy island project.

One of the featured lecturers is Søren Hermansen, director of Samsoe Energy Academy and the head of the Samsoe renewable energy island project.

The YSU Lecture Series on Energy and the Environment kicks off its third year Sept. 7 featuring lectures focusing on global warming.

“With all the extreme weather events we’ve been experiencing and with 2016 set to pass 2015 as the hottest year on record, these speakers are of the utmost relevance,” said Ray Beiersdorfer, Distinguished Professor of Geology and the founder/organizer of the lecture series.

The series goes international this year with a Skype talk from Denmark by Søren Hermansen, director of Samsoe Energy Academy and the head of the Samsoe renewable energy island project.

Rear Admiral Jonathan White

Rear Admiral Jonathan White

Also featured is the retired Chief Oceanographer of the Navy, Rear Admiral Jon White, who will be speaking about Ocean & Climate vs. National & Global Security. The lecture series also will include the local premier of a documentary about the community rights movement, “We the People 2.0,” which had its world premier in June at the Seattle International Film Festival.

The speaker series is sponsored in part by The James Dale Ethics Center and NextGen Climate Action.

All lectures are 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Room B100 of Cushwa Hall and run through Nov. 16.

There is ample free parking at the on-street metered-parking spaces along nearby streets. Due to the ongoing campus improvements, Lincoln Avenue will be closed to vehicles. Attendees should allow extra time to avoid any problems. Anyone needing assistance should call the YSU Student Security Service at 330-941-1515.

For more information, contact Beiersdorfer at 330-941-1753 or ray@cc.ysu.edu.

Sept. 7, Mark Dixon, Film Director/Producer, Activist, Public Speaker, COP21, Paris France and Beyond .

Sept. 14, Neil M. Donahue, Lord Professor of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, The intersection of air quality, climate science, and policy.

Sept. 21, Arun Gupta, co-founder of The Indypendent and the Occupied Wall Street Journal, Climate Change, Peak Oil and the Age of Extremes

Sept. 28, Jon White, Rear Admiral (Ret.) U.S. Navy, President & CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Ocean & Climate vs. National & Global Security.

Oct. 5, Kirsi Jansa, Visiting researcher and video journalist, Institute for Green Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Climate Communication – how to talk about climate change without becoming overwhelmed.

Oct. 12, Dr. Ray’s Amazing Sideshow of Science, A Trip Through Earth’s Spheres: Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, Lithosphere.

we the peopleOct. 19, We the People 2.0 film screening followed by panel with Tish O’Dell and Doug Shields.

Oct. 26, Søren Hermansen, Energy Academy, Samso Island Denmark, Renewable Energy.

Nov. 2, Raymond Najjar, Professor of Oceanography, Penn. State University, What climate change means for ecosystems of the Northeast U. S.

Nov. 9, Implications of Yesterday’s Election for Energy and the Environment. Open panel discussion moderated by Ray Beiersdorfer, YSU Distinguished Professor of Geology.

Nov. 16, Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance, The Water, Waste, and Land-use effects of high volume hydraulic fracturing industry across the Great Lakes: Now and in the future.