Editor's note: these eight videos comprise a recent "Climate Science 101" short course sponsored jointly by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), at George Mason University, and NOAA. The presenters in this series were selected for their subject matter expertise. Their views and opinions are their own and don't necessarily represent those of OLLI and NOAA.

 

 
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Historical Perspectives on Climate Change Speaker: James Rodger Fleming
STS Program, Colby College
Get a historical perspective on how our understanding of Earth's climate system evolved through a succession of pioneering scientists in the 1800s and 1900s who asked, and answered, fundamental questions about the causes and effects of global climate change. More...
The State of the Climate Speaker: Deke Arndt Chief, Climate Monitoring Branch NOAA's National Climatic Data Center Drawing on the annual State of the Climate reports, published by the AMS Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, this session presents of the preponderance of scientific evidence that global climate change is occurring. More... What is the Difference Between Weather and Climate? Speaker: Dr. Wayne Higgins Director, Climate Prediction Center/NCEP/NWS/NOAA Learn about the relationships and differences between weather and climate, as well as the differences between natural climate variability and human-induced climate change. More...
 
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Global Climate Change Impacts in the
United States
Speaker: Anthony C. Janetos Director, Joint Global Change Research Institute This evidence-based presentation makes it clear that climate change isn't some future abstraction, nor is it a far-off phenomenon happening to people in other parts of the world. More...
Is the Breathing of the World's Ocean Choking Marine Life? Speaker: Dr. Christopher L. Sabine Oceanographer at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Review ongoing impacts of acidification on marine ecology and projections of likely future impacts on marine life if this trend continues. More... Limiting the Magnitude of & Adapting to Future Climate Change Speakers: Robert W. Fri Resources for the Future Claudia Mengelt National Research Council Learn about the findings from a recent series of reports by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science highlighting options for adapting to and mitigating global climate change. More...
 
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Ethics and Issues Surrounding Geo-Engineering to Mitigate Climate Change Speaker: Dr. Michael MacCracken Climate Institute Washington DC This session explores of the pros and cons, as well as legal and ethical considerations, involved in options for "geo-engineering." More... Climate Change Communication: Focusing on Public Engagement Speaker: Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. School of Communication American University Washington DC A summary about social scientists' research into Americans' attitudes and opinions about global climate change. More...