“The one thing I want you to understand about climate change” Dr. Jeff Mirocha told a UC Merced interviewer in a student podcast in 2020, “is that it is sneaking up on us … It’s another invisible enemy. In fact climate change is already here. It’s already happening, but because of the way climate changes, starting slowly at first you might not be aware that it’s here already.”
That is the warning atmospheric scientist, professor and activist Dr. Jeff Mirocha shared then. On Thursday, April 14 Dr. Mirocha will again “sound the trumpet” about the existential threat of climate change when he speaks to American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale Riverbank Escalon members and guests. In his professional life Jeff Mirocha works in the Atmosphere, Earth and Energy Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and teaches within the Meteorology and Climate Science department at San Jose State University. As an informed and concerned private citizen Dr. Mirocha, through media and in person presentations, tells the tale about the catastrophic consequences the world faces if we don’t take climate change seriously.
He says: “Once the climate system goes rogue there may be no meaningful intervention.” Serious though climate change is, however, Mirocha has hope that we can mitigate it – if we take action now. Mirocha holds B.S. and B.A. degrees in Geography and Mathematics from Arizona State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where his dissertation research focused on climate change processes in the Arctic. Attendees must be fully vaccinated. Members attending this meeting can call (209) 847-0271 for location and other information.
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