Lecture Series: Environmental Tipping Points

During the Fall of 2013, the Research Center hosted a three-part lecture series that examined critical issues affecting the atmosphere, the cryosphere, and the Amazon Basin. The series featured WHRC scientists who identified key tipping points and highlighted the challenges each poses to our environment.

August 22 – Dr. Richard “Skee” Houghton, Senior Scientist, discussed the relationship between CO2 and climate, and the scientific concerns about a runaway greenhouse.

September 26 – Dr. Richard Williams, Adjunct Senior Scientist, addressed rapid changes in glaciers, sea ice, and permafrost that document major tipping points in the Earth System.

October 24 – Dr. Michael Coe, Senior Scientist, explored how Amazon deforestation can lead to radical climate shifts affecting forests, crops, and hydropower.