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November 13, 2013

Climate change lectures back on

SALEM — The climate change lecture series that was postponed due to the federal government shutdown will resume next week.

Two of the five scheduled lectures have been held, but the remaining talks were put on hold after the shutdown forced closure of the Salem Visitor Center, where the talks are being held.

The “Climate Change in New England” lectures are free and open to the public. The Tuesday-night talks, which are still at the Visitor Center on New Liberty Street, begin at 7:30 p.m.

The topics and speakers are:

Nov. 19 — “How is Climate Change Affecting our Natural Parks?” with Jonathan Parker of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Dec. 3 — “A Piece of the Carbon Mitigation Puzzle: America’s Offshore Wind Energy Opportunity” with Fara Courtney, director of the U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative.

Dec. 10 — “Preparing for Coastal Climate Change: How Do We Assess Vulnerability and Plan to Adapt?” with Dr. Paul Kirshen, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire and member of the International Panel on Climate Change.

“The timing couldn’t be better,” said Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, co-sponsor of the series with the National Park Service. “Just this week, the World Meteorological Organization issued a bulletin showing that heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached levels unprecedented in the last 800,000 years and are increasing faster than ever before.”

For more information visit, email or call Salem Sound Coastwatch at 978-741-7900.

Tom Dalton can be reached at

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