Climate that always changes

By Matthew Rainwater

A seven-part lecture series addressing the many aspects of climate change will begin Thursday and run through the end of the semester.

The series was set up by the NIU geography department with the help of David Goldblum, assistant professor of geography, and Jie Song, associate professor of geography.

Each lecture will talk about the global impacts on vegetation, glaciers, oceans, climate, severe weather, soils, among other important topics from historical, political, and ethical perspectives.

The lecture series kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Montgomery Hall Auditorium with an overview of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and a discussion on the science behind global-climate models.

NIU presidential science adviser and physics professor Gerald Blazey came to the geography department with the idea in February.

The presentations will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Montgomery Hall Auditorium until finals week.

Goldblum said environmental films such as “An Inconvenient Truth” and the reports made by the IPCC have escalated awareness and demonstrated the need for education on global warming.

“People want to know more about these changes in climate and find the truth and facts behind it all,” Goldblum said.