Folks in the northwest have three chances next month to hear a talk by astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author David Grinspoon. Grinspoon, author of Earth in Human Hands: Shaping our Planet’s Future (Grand Central Publishing, 2016) will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the University Book Store in Seattle. The following evening, Wednesday, January 11, he will appear at the Pacific Science Center at 7 p.m. as part of the center’s Science in the City lecture series. The following Monday, January 16, Grinspoon will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the monthly meeting of the Rose City Astronomers at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.
Grinspoon will assess climate change by comparing Earth’s story to those of other planets. Without minimizing the challenges of the next century, Grinspoon suggests that our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000-year perspective. He’ll discuss the human impact on Earth and what we can do to shape our future. Possible implications for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence will be considered, as well as the choices our civilization faces in seeking to foster a wisely managed Earth.
Grinspoon is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and adjunct professor of astrophysical and planetary science at the University of Colorado. His research focuses on climate evolution on Earth-like planets and potential conditions for life elsewhere in the universe. He is involved with several interplanetary spacecraft missions for NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency. He’s a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope magazine, and his work also has appeared in Astronomy and a variety of other publications. He often appears as a commentator on television, radio, and podcasts.
The lecture at Pacific Science Center is free for members, $5 for the general public; tickets will be on sale soon. The Rose City Astronomers and University Book Store events are free and open to the public.
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