Climate: “The Times They Are A-Changin'”

(note: The time of this class has been changed to Monday afternoon)

The weather has been pretty severe this past year: hurricanes, winter cyclone bomb blizzards, massive fires and drought in the west, and flooding in the south. What’s going on? Weather is just a snapshot of atmospheric climate at any given time and climate is just the average weather. Both describe how the sun’s heat moves from the tropics to the poles. We’ll explore how weather and climate work, what’s happened in the past, why they’re changing now, and what scientists are predicting about the future both around the world and here in Maine.  MSC, Classroom #2; Limit: 15  Course is closed

Required Book: Mark Maslin, Climate: A Very Short Introduction, ISBN 9780199641130. 

Suggested Book: Michael Bloomberg, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet  ISBN 9781250142085. 

Bruce MacDougal was a clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville Medical School. His interest in climate and the outdoors began when he was growing up in the woods of northern Maine.

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