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K-State host to 2 talks on climate

By Jelani Yancey

The first of two climate change conferences at Kansas State University this week will focus on the state’s agricultural industry.

The conference, which opens Wednesday, will look at science, adaptation/mitigation options and educational options for the state’s small towns. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Ballroom at the K-State Student Union.

A second conference on sustainability will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, also at the Union.

The keynote speaker for the first program is Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina. He will deliver remarks at 7 this evening at the Leadership Studies building. Inglis is executive director of the new Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University. The institute draws plans for responding to climate change based on conservative policy principles.

The Wednesday program will explore the state of climate science for the Great Plains; impacts, adaptation and mitigation options facing the Great Plains; and communication and education challenges in our region.

The Thursday conference is designed to help attendees find new avenues for leadership through higher education in sustainability. The featured presenter will be Nancy Jackson, founder and chair of the Climate and Energy Project, which is based in Lawrence. She will speak at the conference’s lunch session.

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