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Climate change is here; it's happening. Find out what that means, why scientists are so sure and what we need to do now.

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    • Natural Sciences

Climate change is here; it's happening. Find out what that means, why scientists are so sure and what we need to do now.

    • video
    The Psychology of Climate Change with Robert Frank

    The Psychology of Climate Change with Robert Frank

    After more than three decades, the public is finally beginning to grasp what a serious threat global warming poses. What's missing from the climate conversation now is a plausible narrative about how we might parry this threat. Drawing on ideas from his recently published book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work, Robert Frank explains why our ability to tap the prodigious power of behavioral contagion may make the path forward less daunting than many think. Series: "UC Public Policy Channel" [Show ID: 35561]

    • 1 hr 21 min
    • video
    How Do We Know Humans are Impacting the Health of Our Planet? - Exploring Ethics

    How Do We Know Humans are Impacting the Health of Our Planet? - Exploring Ethics

    The ocean plays a major role in regulating Earth’s temperature through exchange of chemicals and microbes with the atmosphere. When waves break, ocean-derived biological species including viruses and bacteria are transferred into the atmosphere. These species can ultimately form clouds, altering precipitation and climate. Highlights will be presented of novel experiments being conducted in a unique ocean-atmosphere simulator developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE). Kimberly Prather, Professor of Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography at UC San Diego will focus on recent CAICE studies aimed at advancing our understanding of how the oceans influence human and planetary health. New insights will be discussed as well as future studies designed to unravel human versus microbial impacts on the changing Earth’s system. Series: "Exploring Ethics" [Show ID: 35000]

    • 57 min
    • video
    The Bishop and the Imam: A Conversation on Immigration - Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society

    The Bishop and the Imam: A Conversation on Immigration - Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society

    Around the world, individuals and families are fleeing their countries of origin because of war, violence, natural disasters, and climate change. As their numbers swell, host countries face calls to exclude them. Two prominent local religious leaders of especially targeted and vulnerable populations Bishop Robert McElroy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego and Imam Taha Hassane of the Islamic Center of San Diego speak about a common path forward for our society, based on the wisdom of their respective traditions. In the United States, recent political decisions and governmental policies have worsened the prospects of both those seeking to immigrate legally as well as the millions of undocumented immigrants already here or those still coming. Series: "Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society" [Show ID: 35228]

    • 55 min
    • video
    Climate Justice Race and Migration - DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture

    Climate Justice Race and Migration - DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture

    Climate change, caused primarily by the greenhouse gas emissions of the world's most affluent populations, is having a disproportionate impact on socially and economically subordinated populations all over the world. Although climate change is anticipated to displace between 200 million and 1 billion people by 2050, the racialized hostility of the US, the European Union, and Australia to persons fleeing poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation does not bode well for climate refugees. Carmen G. Gonzalez, Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, examines the relationship between climate change and racial subordination, evaluating the evolving legal and policy responses to climate change-induced displacement. Series: "DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture" [Show ID: 35345]

    • 57 min
    • video
    Navigating the Design Space of Trajectories Toward Low/Zero-Carbon Energy Systems in California

    Navigating the Design Space of Trajectories Toward Low/Zero-Carbon Energy Systems in California

    Transforming our energy infrastructure to support greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals will require the deployment of technologies such as electric vehicles and energy storage. Improper integration of these technologies into the electric grid and a lack of careful planning of their scale, however, can significantly reduce their real-world effectiveness in supporting GHG emissions reduction goals. Research by Brian Tarroja and his colleagues at UC Irvine presented here focus on identifying grid integration needs and life cycle planning considerations for electric vehicles and energy storage deployment to better ensure that their potential GHG benefits are fully realized in future electricity systems. Series: "Institute for Energy Efficiency" [Show ID: 35164]

    • 28 min
    • video
    WiFire: Technology to Predict and Prevent the Spread of Wildfires

    WiFire: Technology to Predict and Prevent the Spread of Wildfires

    Researchers at UC San Diego are working on cutting edge technology to combat the constant threat of wildfires in California. The WIFIRE Lab is a collaboration between the Qualcomm Institute and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The technology uses big data from cameras, weather stations, topography and other sources to quickly predict where wildfires will spread. And, it's not just theoretical. Fire departments like LAFD are actively using WIFIRE to get ahead of blazes before they get out of control. [Science] [Show ID: 35075]

    • 8 min

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