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Climate Change:  An immediate and growing threat to our community

Christina (Tina) Swanson, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Science Center, Natural Resources Defense Council

Evidence from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans, collected by scientists and engineers from around the world, tells an unambiguous story: the planet is warming. 

Climate Change is here and more is coming.  We will see its impact in rising sea levels and larger storm surge, more frequent wildfires, changing precipitation patterns, reduced drinking water from rainfall and snow pack, loss of some species and addition of new diseases, increasing temperatures, and more “bad air” days. 

“The threat is profound. It will alter human civilization. It’s not decades away. It’s closer than you think,” said Gov. Jerry Brown.

All this means that we, the people, will be forced to make some really tough decisions.  Where to begin?  Shall we work on mitigation strategies, many of which could take a long time to turn the tide? Or shall we focus on preparation and adaptation such as building bulwarks for our roads, airports and buildings?



     Christina (Tina) Swanson, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Science Center, Natural Resources Defense Council

Tina Swanson, Director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Science Center, will bring all this into focus.  With offices across the country and in China, NRDC works to ensure that national and international environmental policies are based on sound science.  Tina previously served as the lead scientist and then Executive Director of the Bay Institute. Tina brings deep knowledge about the Bay’s ecology and environmental threats.  She has authored or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and is nationally known for her expertise in water quality policy and fisheries management.


July 11, 2018

             7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
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