In this class, Dr. Parton will explore and discuss changes in the climate of eastern Colorado using long term weather records from Fort Collins and Akron, CO (1900 to 2019). Important changes include increases in air temperatures above 90 degrees F, variability of precipitation, and frost-free growing period. Dr. Danforth will further the topic through discussion of what is known about the current and future impacts that climate change will have on our planet and our health, in Colorado and beyond.
Dr. Jim Danforth is a physician who retired from Family Medicine in Loveland after 35 years. He was board certified by the AAFP and the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and served as Medical Director of Pathways Hospice until 2015. He has been following the health concerns with hydraulic fracturing and climate change for the past 8 years.
Dr. Parton has a PhD in meteorology and has worked at CSU for the last 45 years, teaching many classes. In retirement, he continues to work on research related to the impact of climate change (nationally and internationally) on ecosystem dynamics.
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The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change, Robert Henson, 2nd Edition.