Panel: Climate Change and How It Effects Our Community


Panel: Climate Change and How It Effects Our Community

Moderator: Virginia Bernal serves on the Board of the United Nations Association-USA Orange County Chapter (UNA-OC), a membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the work of the UN. She participates in Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Virginia is active in Orange County for Climate Action, a collaborative group of local organizations and individuals taking steps to reduce climate change and become better stewards of our environment. She earned her BA from CSULB, is now retired from work as RN and Lactation Consultant at UCIMC. She is a grandmother and lives in Santa Ana.

David L. Feldman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He also directs Water UCI – a campus-wide effort focused on global grand challenges facing water management and which draws upon Sothern California experiences in water management. His PhD. is from the University of Missouri, and his B.A. is from Kent State University in Ohio. His current research is directed at trans-boundary conflicts over water resources, the role of civil society groups in environmental decision-making, and the water-energy policy nexus. He served as lead author for a U.S. Climate Change Science Program report on climate variability and water published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; is co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to explore Low Energy Options for Making Water from Wastewater through the Partnerships for International Research and Education program; and, a co-P.I. on Flood-RISE – a National Science Foundation project examining flood risk perceptions. He is the author of some seven books, including Water (Polity Books, 2012; The Politics of Environmental Policy in Russia (with Ivan Blokov, Elgar Books, 2012) and, The Geopolitics of Natural Resources (Elgar, 2011), and Water Policy for Sustainable Development (Johns Hopkins, 2007). He has written over 80 articles and book chapters.

Jere H. Lipps, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, is a geologist, paleontologist and marine biologist (PhD Geology, UCLA). He taught marine and field geology, climate change, tropical islands, ecology, paleontology and astrobiology. He lectures widely on the history of life in Southern California and on climate change and its impacts now and in the future, particularly on Southern California.

Jere has been Chair of four University of California academic units, including the Director of the Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley and the Institute of Ecology at UC Davis. He was President of the Paleontological Society, the Cushman Foundation, the North American Association of Paleontology Societies, and is an officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lipps received awards for his work including the Antarctic Medal of the US and an island in Antarctica is named for him, the Moore Medal of SEPM, the Joseph A. Cushman Award, Friend of Darwin Award of NCSE, the Centennial Fellowship of the Paleontological Society. He recently was given the Soaring Eagle award of Eagle Rock High School (LA) for life time accomplishments.

Jere Lipps will talk on climate change and its impacts on Orange County in particular. He will introduce the science and data behind climate change now and in the past, what global warming has done in the past, and what the threats are to Orange County of warming, sea level rise, and ocean acidification. He will end with a discussion of how our society can deal with projected changes through emissions control, human adaptation and geoengineering, and how we may respond economically at the local, national and world levels.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

Pacifica Institute – OC

18022 Cowan # 100, Irvine, CA 92614

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