Free lecture kicks off 10th annual Sea Grant/URI series on June 18

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Understanding Climate Change: What it Means for Rhode Islanders

NARRAGANSETT— Global warming and climate change are affecting environmental and human health worldwide. What this means for Rhode Islanders will be the topic of the first lecture in the 10th Annual Summer Community Lecture Series, sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Cooperative Extension/Nutrition and Food Sciences Department on June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Newport Public Library Program Room.

Kate Moran, URI Graduate School of Oceanography associate dean and ocean engineering professor, and Pam Rubinoff, URI Coastal Resources Center/Rhode Island Sea Grant Coastal management extension specialist, have studied climate change and coastal issues around the world. They will discuss effects of rising temperatures, erosion, and increased flooding already witnessed in Rhode Island as a result of global climate change and rising sea levels, the implications for the Ocean State, as well as an innovative statewide project to develop offshore renewable energy resources.

The purpose of this forum is to “understand global climate change in a larger context, how that translates to Rhode Island, and what we’re doing about it,” said Pam Rubinoff. “It’s about reducing our impacts and contributing to solutions.”

The lecture is free, but seating is limited, so please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 to reserve your seat.

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Rhode Island Sea Grant is a federal-state-university partnership based at the University of Rhode Island, and is part of NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. Sea Grant promotes the conservation and sustainable development of coastal and marine resources for public benefit through research, education, outreach, and legal programs. For more information call (401) 874-6800 or visit the web site at