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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For More Information:

Classrooms for Climate
Conference homepage
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

Charles Wohlforth: Are we humans destined to behave like the selfish hermit crab?

2011-04-28 by

In this excerpt from an interview with “The Fate of Nature” author Charles Wohlforth, Charles begins by reading a passage from his book about his young daughter’s observations of the never-satisfied hermit crab. Is that our human destiny, to scramble mindlessly after a better shell (job, car, house, spouse) until we’ve exhausted all resources? Wohlforth finds evidence of different, more cooperative, human behavior that might mean we won’t squander our long-term existence in pursuit of short-term pleasure and satisfaction.

Wohlforth is a plenary speaker at Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, 2011. His talk is Friday, May 6 at 10:45 a.m. in Cuddy Hall. This interview was recorded April 27, 2011.



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For More Information:

Classrooms for Climate
Conference homepage
Charles Wohlforth
personal website, "The Fate of Nature"
'The Fate of Nature'
reviews

USGS geophysicist Shad O'Neel investigates Alaska's volatile, calving glaciers

2011-04-28 by

Shad O’Neel studies Alaska’s volatile calving glaciers. In this short preview to his plenary session for the Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, O’Neel discusses the dramatic and fast-changing landscape of Alaska’s mountain glaciers, contrasts the dramatically differing behavior of Columbia and Harvard glaciers in Prince William Sound, and ponders whether Anchorage will need to search for a new water source as Eklutna glacier diminishes.

O’Neel’s talk at Classrooms for Climate is May 5, 11 a.m. in Cuddy Hall. This interview was recorded April 26, 2011.



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For More Information:

Shad O'Neel, USGS
Bio page
Classrooms for Climate
Plenary speaker bio page
Classrooms for Climate
Conference homepage
USGS Alaska Science Center
Homepage
Juneau Icefield Research Program
Homepage for a program Shad O'Neel talks about

JP Leous: Climate change means green jobs - just not the ones you imagined

2011-04-26 by

JP Leous is national climate change policy adviser for The Wilderness Society and plenary speaker at Classrooms for Climate conference. He delivers a strong message of job creation thanks to changing climate: hydrologists, project managers, construction teams, guys on backhoes—all doing restoration and climate smart conservation projects. He speaks Saturday, May 7 at 11:15 a.m. in Lucy Cuddy Hall. Find links to Classrooms for Climate conference and other sites below media player.

This phone interview was recorded April 22, 2011.



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For More Information:

Classrooms for Climate
Conference homepage
Chugach National Forest
Homepage
The Wilderness Society
Homepage
JP Leous
Blog
Interview
JP Leous, Progressive Radio

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