Climate Change Cafe presents the climate challenge deepens with Dr. Alan Betts

BRATTLEBORO — The Climate Change Cafe will present, "The Climate Challenge Deepens," with Dr. Alan Betts, on Tuesday, May 23, at 6 p.m., at Brooks Memorial Library on Main Street. As always, the Cafe is free. Light refreshments will be available.
Climate change is accelerating much more rapidly than scientists had predicted just a short time ago, and a recent study found that the northeast U.S. is the fastest-warming region in the contiguous 48 states.
Are we prepared for the more extreme weather that is forecast for northern latitudes and New England, in particular that includes the greater frequency and intensity of 500- and 1,000-year-storms? Does our emergency preparedness deal with the "long emergency" of heat waves and flooding, health threats, food shortages, infrastructure destruction, and the influx of climate refugees from coastal cities? Are we on track towards an energy efficient, resilient future?
This discussion will address both the practical issues and the change of mindset needed. Betts, of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, is Vermont’s leading climate scientist. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state, and has worked on climate change adaptation planning for Vermont.
Betts is a "Weekly Planet" columnist for the weekend edition of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus, and has been a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. In 2016, he received the first Bert Bolin Award from the American Geophysical Union Global Environmental Change group.
The Climate Cafe is a project of Post Oil Solutions that convenes the fourth Tuesday of most months. For further information, contact Tim Stevenson, bereal@vermontel.netor 802-869-2141.