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Converging Environmental Crises: free online conference April 10

A Teach-in on Energy, Climate Change, Water, Agriculture and Population

Global warming. Energy depletion. Overpopulation. You're only as healthy as the world you live in. Without awareness and significant change, Earth's once bountiful treasures will be depleted.

On Thursday, April 10, researchers at The Ohio University College of Public Health will gather national experts for a conversation on the state of our planet’s health.

“Converging Environmental Crises” is a Web-based conference featuring more than a dozen health and environmental experts who will provide live and recorded presentations on topics such as global warming, overpopulation and energy depletion.

To listen and view the conversation, visit, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 10 [Eastern Daylight Time].

The conference, will be based in Columbus and link to sites around the U.S. and Canada.

For more information and to view a complete schedule of events, download the "Converging Environmental Crises" PDF.

Presenters include:

  • Roscoe Bartlett, Republican congressman from Maryland and co-chair of Peak Oil Caucus

  • Dan Bednarz, PhD, Energy & Healthcare Consultants, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Jason Bradford, PhD, population biologist and founder of Willits Economic Localization, Willits, Calif.
  • Kristin Bradford, MD, Little Lake Health Center, Willits, Calif.
  • William Catton, Jr., PhD, emeritus professor of sociology, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.
  • Mac Crawford, PhD, assistant professor, OSU College of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbus
  • Dick Jackson, PhD, director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Joel Kreisberg, DC, MA, Teleosis Institute, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Walt Lierman, PhD, economic consultant, Portland, Ore.
  • Jessica Pierce, PhD, bioethicist, Longmont, Colo.
  • Ken Smail, PhD, professor emeritus of Anthropology, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
  • Don Spady, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta
  • Terry Tamminen, former director of the California Environmental Protection Agency, author and strategist on energy and the environment
  • and Gail Tverberg, actuary, Tverberg Actuarial Services, Atlanta, Ga., and analyst for

The OSU College Public Health is an integral part of the most comprehensive health sciences campus in the nation. The college was created in February 2007 when the University Board of Trustees elevated us from a school to a college. First established in 1995 as part of the College of Medicine, we are the first and only accredited school of public health in the state of Ohio. ...

Editorial Notes: An attractive brochure (PDF) has the schedule and biographies of participants. Several of the presenters are Energy Bulletin contributors. Don Spady will speak on peak oil, and many speakers are peak-oil aware. William Catton, Jr is author of the classic Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change (1980). Time is Eastern Daylight Time (USA). If you are in a different timezone, you can consult The World Clock Meeting Planner. UPDATE (Apr 2): Modified wording of first paragraph slightly, at the request of Wendy Pramik of the OSU College of Public Health. UPDATE (Apr 9): Reposting since the event is tomorrow. -BA

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