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Gonzaga Lecture: Is this Global Warming?


The Spokane community is invited to a lecture on campus Monday titled, “Is This Global Warming?”

Noah Diffenbaugh

Noah Diffenbaugh, the Kara J Foundation Professor in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, will present the lecture at Gonzaga University’s O’Leary Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room.

According to a press release, his talk will explore whether individual extreme events – such as heat waves, droughts, floods, and severe storms – are linked to global warming.

“Techniques developed over the past decade allow scientists to answer this question,” he said in a press release. “Those advances reveal that global warming can influence the risk of extreme events that are unprecedented in historical experience, particularly by altering the probability of the physical conditions that are responsible for the event.”

Diffenbaugh studies the dynamics and impacts of climate variability and change. Much of his work has focused on the role of fine-scale processes in shaping climate change impacts, including studies of extreme weather, water resources, agriculture, human health, and poverty vulnerability.


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About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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