Friday, October 27, 2017

Movie, discussion to feature Rear Admiral David Titley Oct. 30 at Michigan Tech

Poster announcing visit of Rear Admiral David W. Titley (ret) and showing of the film The Age of Consequences at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Fisher 135 at Michigan Tech. (Poster courtesy Earth Planetary and Space Sciences Institute)

HOUGHTON -- The leader of the US Navy's 2009 Task Force on Climate Change, Rear Admiral David Titley (retired), will be on the Michigan Tech campus Monday, Oct. 30, to introduce a film on climate change in which he is featured.

This movie, The Age of Consequences, investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Fisher 135. Admiral Titley, who is in the film, will help introduce it and then participate in a discussion session following the film showing. The discussion will include a Q and A with the audience. The film and discussion are free and open to the public.

Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change will continue to grow in scale and frequency with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

Described as The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, The Age of Consequences unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict.

Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years. His career included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; oceanographer and navigator of the Navy and deputy assistant chief of naval operations for information dominance.

After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

Titley holds a bachelor's, master's and PhD in meteorology. He is a professor of practice in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State University and founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk.

On Monday afternoon, Titley will attend an Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) seminar at Michigan Tech.

Click here to learn more about Admiral Titley and his work.

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