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Speaker at Ramapo College to Explore the Implications of Climate Disruption

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 10, 2015

MAHWAH, NJ — On Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Dr. Kevin Trenberth will present a lecture, “Climate Disruption in the U.S.,” at Ramapo College of New Jersey.  The event is sponsored by the North Jersey Public Policy Network, in collaboration with the Masters Program in Sustainable Studies at Ramapo College.

Dr. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “Climate change is the defining issue for our generation,” said Dr. Ashwani Vasishth, associate professor of Environmental Planning and director of the Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies program at Ramapo College.  “Historians will look to what we do now, in the face of this challenge, as they seek to tell our story.”

Numerous public and private studies in recent years have examined the risk to ecosystems and livelihoods if global temperatures and sea levels rise worldwide.

“Human-induced climate change is looming as one of the biggest challenges to humanity over the 21st century,” said Dr. Trenberth.  “We are not doing enough to slow it down, nor are we doing enough to plan for the consequences.  Meanwhile we are already experiencing major costs through droughts, heat waves, wild fires, more intense storms and heavy rains and snows.  Why aren’t we doing more?”

“NJPPN is about educating on important issues and providing the public with evidence based information,” said Rhoda Schermer, Chairperson of North Jersey Public Policy Network. “For our time and the future of our children, it is imperative that we understand the science behind climate change and its relationship to extreme weather.”

Robert Kopp, associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will serve as moderator.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit For more information, contact Stephen Summers of NJPPN at 201-444-1913 or at,  or Ashwani Vasishth at

Ramapo College’s Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) is a ground-breaking program that unites the social sciences, the natural sciences and business to develop leading practitioners in the emerging field of sustainability.  For more on the program, see:



About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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