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‘Climate and How it is Changing’ is Academy for Learning in Retirement’s May topic


The Academy for Learning in Retirement’s (ALR) May 2022 Zoom series will be on climate and how it is changing, ALR said in a news release.

The presenter, Dr. David DuBois, is the state climatologist for New Mexico and an associate college professor at New Mexico State University. DuBois focuses on climate literacy by providing climate information and education to the public. He also is New Mexico Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) state coordinator and chairs the New Mexico Drought Monitoring Workgroup for the Governor’s Drought Task Force.

As state climatologist, DuBois directs the New Mexico Climate Center and oversees a network of automated surface weather stations throughout the state.

DuBois is a native of New Mexico who grew up on a farm in southern New Jersey. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada-Reno.

Here are the dates and topics of DuBois’ presentations:

  • Monday, May 9: “What is Climate and How Do We Know That It’s Changing?” The sun, the Earth’s orbit, geologic activity and natural cycles contribute to climate change, but the primary cause is human activity. This means that humans can take steps to mitigate the problem of climate change.
  • Wednesday, May 11: “Impacts of a Changing Climate.” Climate change threatens food and water security, human health, oceans, soils, air quality, recreation, national security and cultures.
  • Monday, May 16: “Measurements of Climate.” Global climatological data as well as current and historical environmental data are used as indicators of a changing climate.
  • Wednesday, May 18: “How Do We Respond to Climate Change?” This presentation will discuss the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. It will include ideas and implications of geo-engineering.

Each program begins at 10:30 a.m. Audience members may log in after 10:00 a.m. 

To register for these presentations, visit https://dacc.nmsu.edu/alr. ALR will email a Zoom link to registrants the evening before each presentation.

Members who register for ALR’s full semester of programming ($54) will also receive recorded broadcasts of ALR’s January, February, March and April presentations. The cost of the May sessions by themselves is $20.

ALR is a nonprofit started in 1992 by former NMSU President Gerald Thomas, along with retired deans Thomas Gale, Virginia Higbie, Flavia McCormick and others, including former professor and teacher Clarence Fielder.