Notre Dame holds forum on climate change

A new year brings renewed public discussion of climate change to Baltimore.

Notre Dame of Maryland University is launching a "Green Baltimore" series of four forums in early 2013 on environmental topics, featuring experts from government, business, academia and nonprofit groups. The first session Jan. 2 will tackle the science and policy debate on global warming, focusing on the impacts in Maryland and this area.

Baltimore city's Climate Action Plan will be reviewed, as will the state's draft plan for reducing greenhouse gases across Maryland.  Scheduled speakers include Danielle Schwarzmann, an economist with the state Department of the Environment, John Cookson, instructor and director of the environmental sustainability major at Notre Dame and Afred D'Agostino, a chemistry professor there.

The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Loyola/Notre Dame library auditorium, 200 Winston Ave., Baltimore MD 21212.  Though free and open to the public, registration is requested at www.

Future sessions, at the same hour and location, will cover the following topics:

Jan. 9: "Green business practices"

Jan. 16: The role of media in shaping public discussion of sustainability and climate change;

Jan. 23: Health problems and social and economic issues associated with environmental degradation.

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