Pringle to present on climate change

Want to know how climate change is affecting Western Washington? Learn the facts at a climate change presentation and forum from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Washington Hall room 115. This event is free and open to all.

Keynote speaker will be Pat Pringle, professor emeritus of earth sciences at Centralia College. Pringle is a renowned expert on local geology and natural history, and taught at Centralia College for 12 years before retiring in June.

Before teaching, he was a Research Geologist at DNR Geological Survey of Washington from 1990–2005 and at US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory from 1982–1990.

Pringle extensively studies volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, and debris flows using radiocarbon and tree-ring analysis to establish the history of past geologic events. He is the author of books on the roadside geology of Mount St. Helens and Mt. Rainier as well as many published papers and reports. His book on Mount Rainier book won the Geoscience Information Society’s “Best Guidebook Award” for 2009, and Pat presented at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting that year.

In addition to Pringle’s presentation, the event will feature a presentation from the Black Hills Audubon Society on the effects of climate change on birds and from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby,  a bipartisan group seeking climate solutions. There will be a question and answer session and the opportunity for small group discussions.

This event is sponsored by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Audubon Washington, and the Black Hills Audubon Society.



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