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Paul Beckwith: Abrupt Climate System Change Mayhem
July 28 @ 13:30 - 16:30
A scheduled Canadian Association for the Club of Rome Zoom meeting.
Speaker: Paul Beckwith
Topic: Abrupt Climate System Change Mayhem
Time: Jul 28, 2021 13:30 Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Temperatures in Lytton, BC set new consecutive records recently on a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and then on Thursday wildfires burned the town to the ground. Torrential rains leading to swollen rivers and flooding just devastated many towns in Europe. Weather extremes are wreaking havoc around the planet. No place is spared. Why?
Two Basic Facts:
1) For each 1 degree C rise in temperature, the air can hold 7% more water vapour. This results in the supercharging of storm intensities.
2) The Jet Streams which guide weather patterns are slowing as the Arctic warms, making them wavier in the North-South direction. This increases the intensity, duration, and frequency of extreme weather events around the planet. It also causes them to occur where they never did before.
What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. It’s not like Las Vegas. Polar changes have rewired the behaviour of the jet streams.
Weather wilding, weirding, and whiplashing is wreaking havoc on our society and imperiling our ability to grow food.
It won’t end well; it is getting uglier and uglier at an accelerated pace.
What can we do??
Who is he?
Paul Beckwith, a well-known climate system scientist/physicist/engineer and educator, recently returned from his latest road trip to create a series of videos pertaining to the climate and biodiversity crises. Paul went from Ottawa, Ontario, to Alberta. In addition, he took a carbon dioxide monitor with him to measure CO2 levels in enclosed spaces.
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Paul is a respected creator of entertaining and comprehensible videos, usually pertaining to climate system science, abrupt climate change, meteorology, oceanography and Earth Sciences. He occasionally teaches at the University of Ottawa in the Laboratory for Paleoclimatology, and has also taught at Carleton University. He is often asked by concerned citizens and government officials to speak at conferences and events. In addition to participating in numerous panel discussions, Paul has often been interviewed on various radio and podcast programs, and has participated as a guest and panelist at three United Nations Conference of the Parties Climate Conferences, including COP25 in Madrid, Spain, in December 2019.
Paul has been committed to raising public awareness about the climate crisis for over twenty years. Prior to the Kyoto Protocol, he collected petition signatures, which he presented to a Canadian representative, Elizabeth May. Paul is actively involved in local climate events since the Kyoto Protocol.