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Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
7:00 PM

First Lutheran Church
US 395 and Yelm, Kennewick


What’s Good for the Canary is Good for the Miners

How Preventing Climate Change Will Protect Birds and People
from Suffering and Death

Steve Ghan Naturalist Leigh Calvez holding a pygmy owl

Canaries are well known for their sensitivity to deadly methane gas. This fact has been used by miners for centuries to signal the need to evacuate mines when methane leaks. Birds are also sensitive indicators of climate change. If actions are taken to prevent the extinction of bird species due to climate change, humans will benefit as well. In this presentation, climate scientist Steve Ghan will describe such actions and how birds, wildlife in general, and people will will all benefit from them.

Steven Ghan is a widely published climate scientist with a doctorate in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in representing the effects of aerosol particles on clouds and climate in global climate models. He leads the Tri-Cities Washington Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.