Berkeley Professor John Harte will discuss climate change at the February 23 Democrats of Rossmoor dinner meeting. The dinner will be held at the Fireside Room at Rossmoor, with the social hour to begin at 5 p.m. and Professor Harte's presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

Professor Harte‘s research focuses on the effects of human actions on, and the linkages among, biodiversity, ecosystem structure and function, and climate. Two specific goals of his research are to understand the nature and causes of patterns in the distribution and abundance of species and to understand the extent to which ecosystem responses to climate change may result in feedbacks to climate that can either ameliorate or exacerbate global warming.

Professor Harte has received both national and international recognition for his work and authored 170 scientific publications, including six books. Members wishing to learn more about his research can read or download his new book, Cool the Earth, Save the Economy, which he wrote with his wife Mel, free of charge at www.cooltheearth.us.

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