Colloquy Downeast Blue Hill Maine

Colloquy Downeast

Spirited Conversations in Great Company

FacilitatorPaul Mayewski
Date & TimeWednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
LocationHoward Room, Blue Hill Public Library

Climate Change: Global to Local

This colloquy, is divided into four sessions as follows:

Week (1): Introduction to climate change – background, consensus, and skeptics.

Week (2): US climate change impacts.

Week (3): Climate Futures and Plausible Scenario Planning

Week (4): Moving Forward: Mitigation, Adaptation and Opportunity

Dr. Paul Mayewski, a Brooklin resident, is an internationally acclaimed glaciologist, climate scientist and polar explorer. He is Director of the Climate Change Institute  at the University of Maine. His exploration and science credentials include: leader of more than 55 expeditions to the remotest polar and high altitude reaches of the planet; more than 450 scientific publications; major scientific discoveries that include: abrupt climate change in the atmosphere, human source pollution in remote regions and impacts of climate on past civilizations; numerous scientific honors and organizer and leader of major, multi-institutional climate change research programs and expeditions.

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Readings & Syllabus:

Week (1):  Introduction to climate change – background, consensus, and skeptics. There is plenty of reading so I suggest you focus primarily on (2) and (3) or (4) below and consider the rest as reference material.

Suggested readings:

Week (2): US climate change impacts.


Week (3): Climate Futures and Plausible Scenario Planning

Participants will learn how to use Climate ReanalyzerTMsoftware, developed by the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, to understand recent past, current and future climate.


Week (4): Moving Forward: Mitigation, Adaptation and Opportunity

Participants will be asked to provide insights based on their own experience and/or general articles they find.

 Links and Files Submitted by Colloquy Participants

From Jeff MillikenClimate Refugees Youtube 

From Doug Cowan:  Climate_Sci.-_Session_1_PUB      Climate_Sci.-_Session_2_PUB     Climate_Sci.-_Session_3_PUB     Climate_Sci.-_Session_4_PUB      Climate_Sci.-_Session_5_PUB

Our Lethal Air | by Jonathan Mingle | The New York Review of Books.pdf  –  PDF of a review article of three books in the NYRB concerning the health effects of particulate air pollution. It is much more of a health hazard than any of us realize.

Brooksville Town Solar Array Informational Meeting with Revision Energy will be on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Brooksville Town House and is open to the public.

From Philip Osgood: Link to Citizens Climate Lobby Website:

From Judy McGeorge: NYT article on Sea Level Rise Effects: Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows  

NYT article on getting hurricane data from sand cores: In the Blue Holes of the Bahamas, Secrets of Hurricanes Past

WP Article on Magdalen Islands, Quebec climate change. I think this is the bright green spot we saw in the changing biomes slide of Climate Reanalyzer during Session 3: The ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.  And from the same series in the WP, an article about climate change in the Gulf of Maine fisheries: Gone in a Generation .

From Jon Hopkins: Link to Sierra Club article explaining that trees alone cannot save the earth from climate change effects: Sierra Club article on Climate Change

From Robin Jettinghoff: Youtube TED talk. TED Talk on Using Cold from Space As a Renewable Energy Source . Does this idea have any viability?

Another idea… Free Energy Device Article

From Sarah Kip Miller : A well written summary: Summary article from Huffington Post . Here is the Bioscience article referenced in the story Bioscience Article – Scientists Declare Climate Change Emergency .

From Rick Decker: Links to various Climate Change websites :

Climate Central: An independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public.  Climate Central

Yale Climate Connections is a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change, one of the greatest challenges and stories confronting modern society.Yale Climate Connections

Climate Information Basics from Environment Canada. See in particular the Guidebook on Climate Scenarios- Canadian Climate Services Link

The Daily Climate – Daily

From the Regional Climate Centers for those who are statistically minded, especially about Bangor – Regional Climate Centers – Bangor

From Sarah Kip Miller – Article on the San Francisco Federal Reserve concerns about climate change effecting the payment system. Federal Reserve and Climate Change – Barrons

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