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WCSU professor to present four talks on Earth in Crisis: Earth’s changing climate and its impact on us

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DANBURY, Connecticut — Western Connecticut State University Professor of Biology Dr. Stephen “Mitch” Wagener will present four free virtual talks for the public on our changing climate and the impact it has on Earth. The “Earth in Crisis” talks are courtesy of  WCSU’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Danbury Library.

Wagener, an ecologist and climate change educator who teaches climate ecology, entomology, and related courses at WCSU, will present talks the last Monday of the month January through April. Register here or on the Danbury Library website for the Zoom links. The free talks are appropriate for anyone aged 16 or over. The talks scheduled are:

Climate Refugees: Past and Future – Monday, Jan. 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Droughts and floods have dislocated people throughout history. As Earth’s climate has warmed both wet and dry weather events have grown stronger and more frequent. More people, particularly those least responsible, bear an increased burden.

How Hot is Too HOT? – Monday, Feb. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Climate warming makes heat waves hotter and more common. Heat raises humidity. Combinations of heat and humidity can exceed our bodies’ ability to cool us.

Stronger Storms and Rising Seas – Monday, March 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Heat is power. Water expands, seas rise, storms get stronger. Flooding coastal areas destroy homes, salinize agricultural land and cause financial hardships for us all.

Climate Hope: How Do We Fix This? – Monday, April 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Escaping old habits and forming new attitudes will allow us to cut our emissions, regenerate the biosphere and create a better world for our grandchildren.

For more information, contact Aurelio Muraca at the Danbury Library at or the WCSU Office of Public Relations at



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