Majora Carter: Be impatient for the change you wish to see and make

2011-05-05 by

The title of Majora Carter’s talk is “Hometown Security: Climate Adaptation, Social Innovarion and Local Solutions.” Carter delivered the keynote address for the UAA/Chugach National Forest 2011 Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, 2011.

This podcast was recorded on May 4, 2011.



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Classrooms for Climate
Conference homepage
Majora Carter
Bio from Wikipedia
Majora Carter Group
Consulting company
TED talks
Majora Carter TED talk

Jeff Welker, director of ENRI, on a new NASA-funded project in the Copper River watershed

2011-05-04 by

Jeff Welker is a professor of Biology and director of the Environment and Natural Resources Institute at UAA. He helped organize a panel on carbon recycling in the boreal and rain forest systems for the Classrooms for Climate conference. In this preview, he describes a new project involving the Copper River watershed, and also describes dramatic landscape shifts near McCarthy, a result of global warming.

His panel is Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. in Rasmuson Hall. This interview was recorded on May 3, 2011.



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Classrooms for Climate
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Environment and Natural Resources Institute
Homepage; Jeff Welker, director
Jeff Welker
Bio page, ENRI

Peter Olsson, Alaska State Climatologist: The challenge of measuring precipitation in Southcentral Alaska

2011-05-03 by

Peter Olsson is also chief scientist of the UAA Alaska Experimental Forecast Facility. He both documents and forecasts. In this preview to his Classrooms for Climate talk, Olsson describes the difficulty of measuring precipitation due to Southcentral’s mountainous conditions. He describes the challenge of models that deliver conflicting information. He suggests that we re-frame the argument to change dependence on fossil fuels away from blaming humans for climate change and using less emotional arguments such as economics and geopolitics.

He speaks Thursday, May 5 at 12:30 pm in Cuddy Hall. This interview was recorded Monday, May 2, 2011.



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Classrooms for Climate
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Alaska Experimental Forecast Facility
Homepage for AEFF, where Olsson serves as chief scientist
Alaska State Climate Center
Homepage, where Olsson serves as state climatologist
Environment and Natural Resources Institute
Peter Olsson's bio page

Dave Cleaves, USFS: Longer and more intense fire seasons in Alaska

2011-04-30 by

The U.S. Forest Service stewards the Tongass and Chugach, two enormous forests. Insect-kill and longer, more intense fire seasons in Alaska mean lots of dead trees and massive releases of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, “turning up the burner” on the whole planet. In this preview to his Classrooms for Climate talk, Cleaves says he’s coming to share adaptive management strategies, and learn from Alaska land managers, who already have a leadership team working on response.

He speaks Thursday, May 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 120. This interview was recorded April 28, 2011.



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Classrooms for Climate
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U.S. Forest Service
The agency where Cleaves is climate change advisor
Chugach National Forest
Homepage
Tongass National Forest
Homepage

Julie Decker: Artists and the cultural response to climate change

2011-04-29 by

At the Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, Julie Decker, chief curator for the Anchorage Museum, will anchor a panel of artists discussing their reactions to climate change. The panel includes Marybeth Holleman, writer; Garrett Burtner, architect; Hal Gage, photographer; Klaus Mayer, architect; and Libby Roderick, musician. Do artists have a catalytic role? What is the narrative they tell?

This panel will take place Friday, May 6 at 9 a.m. in Rasmuson Hall.
The interview with Julie Decker was recorded Wednesday, April 27, 2011.



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For More Information:

Classrooms for Climate, speaker previews
Preview conference highlights through the words of presenters
Classrooms for Climate
Conference homepage
Common Space
homepage for design inquiry; the fall 2011 sessions will focus on landscape, including climate change
Alaska Design Forum
Homepage for this local organization focusing on design and northern living

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