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National Wildlife Federation CEO to Discuss Climate Change at CERE Event

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, media outlets jumped at the chance to connect the storm to climate change. In fact, a Bloomberg Businessweek cover story on the storm touted the controversial headline, "It's global warming, stupid."

To bring the dialogue into Pittsburgh, Larry Schweiger, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, will present Living in a New Climate Paradigm: Welcome to the "Idiocene" on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Pappert Lecture Hall of Duquesne University's Bayer Learning Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Bayer School's Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE).

Schweiger's argument is that humans have delayed climate action for so long that the planet is now entering a period of climate consequences.

"Our planet is moving out of the Holocene, which is an 11,000-year period when we've had relatively stable climate, and we're moving into a period scientists call the Anthropocene," Schweiger said. "I frankly think that's a misnomer. I think it ought to be called the idiocene. It's absolutely reckless for us to cause the planet to heat up and move into a temperature regime that we've never experienced before, that nature has never experienced before."

A Pittsburgh native, Schweiger is author of Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth, a book that addresses the potential implications of global warming.

For more information about this event or the ongoing CERE anniversary celebration, visit www.duq.edu/cere20 or email envscience@duq.edu

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.