Climate change is now the greatest challenge facing our civilization. The scientific consensus is clear: human activities have pushed atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations higher than it has been for millions of years. We are now entering a domain beyond human experience. Evidence of our changing climate is all about us, most notably by rising insurance costs and disruptions due to extreme weather. I will describe what climate change is and review the most recent scientific results on global warming. I will show how our climate is changing here, where we live. I will discuss some of the predicted impacts on our planet and on our societies. I will introduce you to the ‘Six Americans' and discuss why so few among us are concerned about the changes that are coming. Is it too late? No, there is still time on the Carbon Clock. Is there anything we can do? Yes, we can become more resilient.
Dr. John Anderson’s undergraduate training in marine biology (BSc. Hons.) and masters degree in biological oceanography (MSc.) were at the University of Guelph while his doctoral program (PhD) in fisheries oceanography was at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Anderson’s research was in the fields of fisheries ecology and oceanography. His research career was spent in St. John’s, Newfoundland working for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a Research Scientist and at Memorial University of Newfoundland as an Adjunct Professor. His research programs included recruitment dynamics in marine fish and spatial ecology of fish and their habitats. Dr. Anderson was a specialist in marine acoustics for seabed classification and mapping. His research programs were multi-disciplinary involving marine geologists, seabird ecologists, physical oceanographers and mathematical modelers. His approach included the development and application of advanced technologies in both data collection and analyses. Dr. Anderson retired from active science in 2009 and he remains interested in scientific issues relating to climate change and increasingly in the theory of resilience in ecological, social and economic systems.