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January 21, 2003


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Dr. David Lodge, an expert on global environmental change will speak on the issue of climate change and other ecology issues in a talk at Viterbo University Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Lodge is a Notre Dame (NDU) professor and ecologist who is interested in the intersection of science, religion, ethics, and policy. For 12 years he was the NDU College of Science director for the undergraduate Arts and Letters/Science Honors Program. Lodge’s research has been covered in many newspapers, on TV news, on Earthwatch Radio, and in Audubon and other magazines. He earned his doctorate in 1982 from the University of Oxford in 1982.

At Viterbo, Lodge expects to cover a number of issues related to global environmental change. "In recent years, newspapers have headlined frightening scenarios about global change," he said. "These stories usually focus on the possibility of a greenhouse effect warming the globe. How good is the evidence of such climate change? How should you evaluate uncertainty in predictions? Is climate change the most important global environment change? In my presentation, I assess the scientific evidence for changes in several features of the earth’s environment, and discuss their ethical and policy implications for our society."

Lodge’s presentation, which is free, is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of La Crosse as a part of a traveling series of presentations titled the Hesburgh Lecture Series.

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