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Climate Change Lecture Series Brings Global Environmental Issues Home to the Mount Washington Region

North Conway, NH- The changing climate is on the minds of many, especially those at Mount Washington Observatory; the non-profit organization that has been capturing hourly weather data on the summit for 75 years. Having documented changes in weather patterns, this summer the Observatory brings global environmental issues to the community forefront through accessible education. Science In The Mountains is a new climate change lecture series that is free and open to the public, aimed at local residents and area visitors. Held for six consecutive Wednesday evenings at Mount Washington Observatory's Weather Discovery Center, Science In The Mountains creates an opportunity to increase local awareness and understanding of climate change.

“By directly connecting the community with climate change experts, Science In The Mountains exposes the factual information behind this imperative global issue, on a local level,” says Scot Henley, Executive Director of Mount Washington Observatory. “And by exploring the issue as it specifically pertains to the greater Mount Washington region, the Observatory’s series works to increase public knowledge and stimulate a greater interest in science.”

Revealing a wide array of climate change issues, the summer series connects the community directly to science through a diverse lecture base. By analyzing multiple industries and systems, attendees uncover how the various paths are interconnected. From the Northeast’s climate to the inherent political and economic repercussions local communities face, this free lecture series offers access to the environmental experts and a phenomenal overview of the global picture.

Science In The Mountains is comprised of six unique lecture topics with different expert speakers tailoring every program. The series runs for six consecutive Wednesday evenings from July 18 through August 22, starting at 7:00pm. Held at Mount Washington Observatory's Weather Discovery Center on Route 16 in North Conway, New Hampshire, admission is free and open to the public. Local residents, Observatory members and area visitors are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.

This new climate change lecture series, Science In The Mountains, is presented by Mount Washington Observatory, with support provided by: New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, University of New Hampshire, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort and 93.5 WMWV. A complete series schedule of dates, topics and speakers is included below.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information and to learn about the many benefits of membership, visit MountWashington.org
 
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Science In The Mountains -
Climate Change Lecture Series Schedule
DATE: Wednesday, July 18th, 7pm
TOPIC: Climate Change In The Northeast; Past, Present, and Future
SPEAKER: Cameron Wake- Research Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire
SUMMARY: Focus on the Northeast's connection to climate change, specifically in northern New England.

DATE: Wednesday, July 25th, 7pm
TOPIC: Climate Change Impacts on Gardens, Farms, and Global Food Supply
SPEAKER: David Wolfe- Professor of Plant Ecology, Cornell University
SUMMARY:Climate change may impact the food supply chain, with ripple effects on the national and global community.

DATE: Wednesday, August 1st, 7pm
TOPIC: The Policies and Politics of Addressing Climate Change
SPEAKER: Stacy VanDeveer- Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire
SUMMARY: Considering the important area where environmental science and citizen decision-making must meet.

DATE: Wednesday, August 8th, 7pm
TOPIC: The Economic Costs and Opportunities of Dealing with Climate Change
SPEAKER: Ken Colburn- Symbiotic Strategies, New Hampshire
SUMMARY: The economic impact of climate change, with a special focus around the state of New Hampshire.

DATE: Wednesday, August 15th, 7pm
TOPIC: Effects of Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems
SPEAKER: Louis Iverson- Research Landscape Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
SUMMARY: The effect of climate change on the region's forests and economy; considering broader ecological impacts.

DATE: Wednesday, August 22nd, 7pm
TOPIC: Arctic Climate Change: Is it Accelerating?
SPEAKER: James McCarthy- Professor of Biological Oceanography, Harvard University
SUMMARY: "The big picture" of global climate change and a consideration of the dramatic changes in the Arctic; a harsh but fragile ecosystem.

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