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Mary Pickels

The Dr. Bernard Cobetto Lecture on Contemporary Ethical Issues will address climate change as it affects Western Pennsylvania during a 7 p.m. April 16 program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Open to the public, the discussion will feature a panel of experts in Ferguson Theater in Smith Hall.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, climate change predictions include longer, more intense summer heatwaves; decreasing snow packs during the winter months; loss of habitat, native plants, and migratory birds; increased precipitation; and loss of key agricultural crops from increased temperatures and the proliferation of harmful insects.

These changes are predicted to affect energy use, create greater health issues and cause changes to the region’s economy, according to a Pitt-Greensburg release.

Weighing in

Panelists are:

• V. Kerry Smith, moderator, emeritus regents professor and emeritus university professor of economics and distinguished sustainability scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

Smith is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and his research considers environmental policy issues, the release states.

• Richard Alley, Evan Pugh university professor of geosciences at Penn State, studies the great ice sheets to help predict future climate and sea level changes.

• Inés M.L. Azevedo, Carnegie Mellon University department of engineering and public policy professor, and co-director for the Climate and Energy Decision Making Center.

Her research interests focus on transitioning to a sustainable, low-carbon, affordable and equitable energy system.

• Grant Ervin, chief resilience officer and assistant director, Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning. His work involves integration of sustainability and resilience into city services, programs and policy.

• Barry Kukovich, Peoples Gas Co. community relations director. His professional background includes marketing and public relations, and he has served on boards including Conservation Consultants Inc., Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Cobetto, a University of Pittsburgh graduate and Greensburg resident, and his wife, Ellen, established the lecture series in 2005.

Call 724-836-7980 by April 12 to reserve a seat.

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