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Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
DOINews: Upcoming Webinar: "Paleo perspectives on climate extremes" - Wed., Dec 4
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Join the Northeast Climate Science Center on Wednesday, December 4 for a webinar, "Paleo perspectives on climate extremes"! Dr. Raymond Bradley will present examples of paleoclimate research that has used climate proxies to reconstruct the history of extreme events.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 3:30pm, ET
The Northeast Climate Science Center presents, "Paleo perspectives on climate extremes"
Raymond Bradley, NE CSC Consortium PI, Professor of Geosciences, Director of the Climate System Research Center, UMass Amherst
Extreme events and their impacts are of critical importance for society. Instrumental records are short and provide only a limited perspective on the frequency, magnitude and distribution of extremes. Natural archives offer the prospect of extending this perspective to recent centuries and millennia. In this overview, Dr. Bradley will present examples of paleoclimate research that has used climate proxies to reconstruct the history of extreme events. The focus will be on hurricanes, droughts, floods and forest fires.
Raymond Bradley is a University Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at UMass Amherst and Director of the Climate System Research Center. His interests are in climate variability across a wide range of time scales, particularly in how present day climate differs from climates in the past, and what may have caused climates to change. Dr. Bradley has written or edited eleven books on climatic change and paleoclimatology, including Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary, and has authored over 120 articles on these topics.