Oak Ridge Forum on Religion and Science|
Global Warming is the topic for the next meeting of the Oak Ridge Forum on Religion and Science is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th, 2005, in the A&B room of the Oak Ridge Civic Center at 11:00 a.m. ...
A social session is planned for 11:00 am, followed by a buffet lunch at 11:30 am catered by the Soup Kitchen, and then by the following event:
Dr. T. J. Blasing will speak on Global Warming: Hot Air and Cold Facts
There is much debate in political circles about the reality of global warming due to increasing concentrations of â€śgreenhouseâ€ť gases, primarily carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. I will address four questions: (1) Are concentrations of radiatively active gases increasing? (2) Is the increase at least partially anthropogenic? (3) Is the near- surface temperature of the atmosphere increasing, and (4) is that temperature increase influenced by the increase in radiatively active gases. If time permits, I will discuss some problems with current emissions-reductions incentives and perhaps work in a bit of Native American religion at the end.
I have a PhD in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin with a minor in statistics. I have about 100 publications, including 1 in Science and 2 in Nature, on climate-related subjects. I have adjunct status in the geography department at UT, where I have taught meteorology and climatology courses. I have my 85 points and am working because I enjoy what I am doing. My recent work is on increasing the temporal and spatial resolution of fossil-fuel carbon dioxide emissions estimates, for use in numerical models of the global carbon cycle.
Spouses and friends are cordially invited. We will appreciate your sending the names and e-addresses of those who might be interested in attending.
The cost of lunch and incidentals for this event is $8.00 per person. We ask that you notify us by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, November 16th, with the number in your party. Alternatively a phone call to 483-8998 with this information will be appreciated.
We are experimenting with a feature for our website at www.oakridgefrs.net; we will publish drafts of articles where the authors would appreciate comments.
R. H. Ritchie
Posted by pking
Nov. 11, 2005