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Originally published in Compass, July 3, 2013
Climatologist to speak at Island Heritage Trust annual meeting

Acclaimed climatologist, glaciologist and Director of University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, Paul Mayewski, will be the guest speaker at Island Heritage Trust’s annual membership meeting on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m., the trust announced in a press release. Open to the public, the meeting takes place in the hall at St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church on Route 15 in North Deer Isle. The annual business meeting will be preceded by a social hour at 5 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Mayewski’s illustrated lecture, “Journey Into Climate,” begins at 7 p.m. and includes a discussion of the present challenges and realities of climate change, as well as predictions and opportunities for positive human intervention. A Castine resident, he has led more than 50 scientific expeditions to remote and polar regions of the globe. Mayewski is acclaimed internationally for his breakthrough exploration and research, in particular his decades of work with ice cores. Polar and glacial ice is an undisturbed repository of continuous data, going back more than 100,000 years. These ice core records have revolutionized our understanding of climate change, providing fascinating data about climate trends and mankind’s footprint on the planet, in particular. Mayewski will discuss the implications of his findings for Maine and offer his thoughts on how we can mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

A schedule of IHT’s education programs is available at island heritagetrust.org, or call 348-2455. All programs are open to the public.