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November 30, 2015

Expert panel answers questions about climate change on Dec. 2

Submitted by John Ruberson

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the entomology department will hold an ask-the-experts panel on the topic of climate change from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the K-State Student Union Cottonwood Room on the second floor. The panel will include Kansas State University faculty experts from a variety of disciplines who will be able to address a broad range of concerns regarding climate change and its implications.

Climate change is a significant global concern with far-reaching implications, potentially affecting food production and access, freshwater availability and ocean boundaries, human health and welfare, and biodiversity. The close connection of Kansas' climate, land and water with the state's economy makes this topic of particularly acute importance to Kansas citizens. In addition, the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or CoP21, is convening from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris, with the objective to develop international, legally binding agreements on the subject. In this context, it is critical to have a conversation about what climate change is and what it means for us.

We have assembled an excellent panel of K-State faculty with substantial expertise in diverse aspects of climate change, and would like to invite you to join us and share your thoughts and questions.

The panel members are:

• Barbara Anderson, head of apparel, textiles, and interior design

• Kim Hiller Connell, associate professor, apparel, textiles, and interior design

• John Harrington, professor of geography

• Stacy Hutchinson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering

• Vara Prasad, director of the USAID Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Laboratory

• Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy

• Jackie Spears, director of the Center for Science Education

The event will be live streamed at http://ome.ksu.edu/services/live_webcasts_1.html. Questions will be taken from those present. If viewing via live stream, questions can be asked on Twitter using the hashtag #KSUClimate. 

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