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2/12/2007 Linfield speakers to discuss global warming, climate change

McMINNVILLE - A panel discussion focusing on global warming and climate change, along with two related film screenings, will be presented at Linfield College.

John Streicker, former head of the Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon College, Canada, and Gary Braasch, internationally-acclaimed photographer for a variety of environmental magazines, will present "Our Environmental Condition: The Concern Over Global Warming and Climate Change" on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall.

Two screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth" will also be shown in the Ice Auditorium. The first, on Friday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m., will be followed by a discussion led by Jack Murphy, assistant professor of biology, and Tom Love, professor of anthropology and environmental studies. A second screening will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m.

Streicker is an artist, engineer, writer, musician, lecturer, designer, consultant and educator focusing on climate change and its impacts in the North. He has conducted research on glaciation cycles and geodynamics, and more recently, he has coordinated a public education and outreach office on climate change in the Yukon. He has managed research network nodes in the three Northern Territories of Canada, which focus on adaptation issues. Streicker has made presentations to the Canadian Parliamentary Committee of the Environment, the United Nations Environmental Program in Norway, and at the United Nations Youth Conference on Climate Change. He has been part of the educational team for the Students' On Ice Arctic Expedition. He was invited to be part of the Canadian delegation at the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change.

Braasch, a nature photojournalist, covers environmental issues and conservation, biodiversity and field science, climate change and global warming in stock photography and assignments. His work has appeared in more than 150 publications including Time, LIFE, National Geographic, Popular Photography, Discover, Audubon, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, International Wildlife, Natural History, Sierra, Outdoor Photographer and BBC Wildlife. Braasch earned the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club in the U.S., and the Outstanding Nature Photographer citation from the North American Nature Photography Association. He produced World View of Global Warming, which is the only dedicated photo documentation of the effects of rapid climate change. His book, "Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World," will be published this year.

The program, co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada, will be followed by a reception in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. It is part of a week-long celebration in honor of the inauguration of Thomas L. Hellie as 19th president at Linfield. For more information, call the Linfield International Programs Office at 503-883-2222.