EarthTalks seminar discusses human heat stress, politics of climate change

January 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – If global temperatures continue to climb, many largely populated areas of the world may become too hot and inhospitable for humans. James Kasting, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, will discuss the dangers of human heat stress and the politics of climate change at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast via Zoom.

Kasting has published more than 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of three books, including "How to Find a Habitable Planet." His research focuses on atmospheric evolution, planetary atmospheres and paleoclimates. He is a fellow of several professional societies, including the American Geophysical Union and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2018.

Kasting’s talk is part of the spring 2021 EarthTalks series, “Energy and climate policy: How to avoid a global hothouse.” The series focuses on policies and technology that could help slow down global warming and addresses topics such as carbon taxes, renewable energy subsidies and the feasibility of carbon sequestration. For more information about the spring 2021 series, visit the EarthTalks website.

Last Updated January 26, 2021