ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine will hold its latest installment in a public lecture series on climate change at the end of the month.
Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at UMaine and a world renowned authority on climate change, will give a lecture titled “Climate Change and the Role of Humans” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Hutchins Hall at the Collins Center for the Arts on campus. The lecture will be free.
In recent years, the issue of climate change has proved to be a contentious one, creating both skeptics and those convinced that it will pose serious ramifications for the planet. At the center of the debate is whether humans are causing marked changes in the Earth’s environment or changes such as rising global temperatures and melting ice sheets are just a natural phase in the course of the planet’s existence.
Mayewski, who has led more than 50 expeditions to collect and analyze snow and ice core samples across the world, has argued that humans have indeed played a role in precipitating climate change.
Among other places, he has traveled to the Antarctic, the Arctic, the Andes and the Greenland ice sheet to gather evidence about abrupt climate change events.
A new book by Mayewski, “The Journey — Adventure, Exploration and the Unmasking of Human Innocence,” will soon be published. He has been interviewed numerous times by national magazines, newspapers and television networks.
Previous speakers in the lecture series have included professors and a wide-variety of scientists and experts from the environmental field. The series is intended to make the science of climate change more accessible to a broad audience.