Nature

The Ethics of Global Warming

This talk provides an overview of the ethical issues and questions around Global Warming.  How can the traditions of ethics and philosophy help address these challenges?  How might we rethink our relationship to the natural environment?  What ethical values and frameworks can guide us?  How can individuals, communities, and businesses respond?  

Requirements: 
Lectern, microphone and digital projector

The Science of Climate Change

Much has been said, and is currently being said about climate change. Opponents of taking action claim they have valid scientific evidence that refutes humans are causing what we are witnessing in our climate today. This presentation focuses on the science behind climate change, from the earliest warnings decades ago to the status of the science today. Much of Eastern North Carolina lies near sea level and is in the path of tropical storms, making it especially vulnerable to sea level rise and stronger storms.

Requirements: 
digital projector

Where Have All the Longleaf Gone?

Prior to 1492, longleaf pine ecosystems covered more than 92 million acres in the southeastern United States. These forests and savannas were ecologically diverse fire ecosystems, a result of lightning and fires intentionally set by Native Americans to manipulate their landscapes. Europeans exploited and cleared these forests for farmland, naval stores, and lumber for more than 400 years. Although these forests contributed much to the economic and cultural development of our region, a scant four million acres now remain.

Requirements: 
digital projector

For a Simple Glass of Water

North Carolina depends on a number of sources for water. One third of our citizens, mostly living in eastern North Carolina, depend on ground water for their supply. What are the aquifers we use, how are we using them, and what will be available in the future? What are the threats to this resource and how will our current use impact future supplies and water quality?

Requirements: 
digital projector
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