Authority to speak on climate change

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road at Railroad Bridge Road.

Richard (Rick) Jahnke, PhD, will present the program “Climate Change Is (not) for the Birds.” His presentation will provide up-to-date, direct measurements of factors driving climate change and their impacts. Nearly all metrics demonstrate an unrelenting march toward a changed climate and ecosystem. In many cases, trends over the past few decades provide a clear predictive path for what is to be expected in the future without resorting to complex models.

Jahnke earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his master’s degree and PhD in chemical oceanography from the University of Washington. He studied global carbon cycle and related aspects of ocean chemistry for more than 35 years, authored more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and was a scientific reviewer of the second IPCC report.

Jahnke is Professor Emeritus at University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Jahnke is president of the Admiralty Audubon Society in Port Townsend. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Port Townsend.

The program is free and open to the public.


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