What Does Global Warming Mean for Oregon?

City Club’s Friday Forum this week (April 21st) will feature Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor of Zoology and Wayne & Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology at Oregon State University on “Climate Change and its Implications for Oregon”.

During 2005 and the first three months of 2006, a striking sequence of new scientific findings were made about climate change. These major findings, reported in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, suggest that the physical consequences of climate change are not only quite real, but are happening faster than most scientists anticipated.

Scientific information about the causes and consequences of global warming provides a useful starting point for action to fight global warming. Portland has long been a leader among U.S. cities in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, but the Governor’s Advisory Group on Global Warming identifies additional options for citizens, businesses, the city and the state to significantly reduce emissions.

As we prepare for Earth Day 2006, please join us on April 21 to hear from OSU’s Jane Lubchenco, who will summarize these new findings in non-technical terms, giving special attention to likely changes in the Pacific Northwest.

This week’s Friday Forum, which is open to the public, will be held at the Governor Hotel (614 S.W. 11th Ave.). Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.; the program begins at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:15 p.m. Luncheon tickets are $16 for City Club members and up to two guests, $20 for nonmembers. Lunch reservations can be made online at http://www.pdxcityclub.org/forums-events/friday-forums.php or by calling 503-228-7231, ext. 103, by 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2006 (members only may call the members’ reservation message line at 503-241-9242). A limited number of coffee/tea tickets are $5 at the door. General seating, also available at the door, is free for members, $5 for nonmembers.

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