Library To Host Nov. 19 Forum On Climate Change

The South Pasadena Public Library is partnering with the non-profit South Pasadena Hometown Exchange to present “A Community Room Conversation on the Topic of Climate Change.”

Tapio Schneider, the Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech and a senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be the featured speaker at the event, which takes place Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro St.

According to the Schneider, the earth has warmed one degree Celsius over the past 150 years, with most of the warming occurring since the 1970s.

For Los Angeles, that means the average number of days per year with temperatures exceeding 95 degrees Fahrenheit has increased from 53 in 1970 to 67 today — two extra weeks of very hot days that prime California’s landscape for ferocious wildfires and put vulnerable populations at risk.

Schneider will walk through the scientific evidence showing that most global warming we have already seen is caused by human activities, and he will also discuss possible climate futures we may be facing.

Schneider is currently leading the Climate Modeling Alliance (, whose mission is to build the first earth system model that automatically learns from diverse data sources to produce accurate climate predictions.

He was named one of the “20 Best Brains Under 40” by Discover Magazine, was a David and Lucile Packard Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and is recipient of the James R. Holton Award of the American Geophysical Union and of the Rosenstiel Award of the University of Miami.

His work has examined how rainfall extremes change with climate, how changes in cloud cover can destabilize the climate system and how winds and weather on planetary bodies such as Jupiter and Titan come about.

The South Pasadena Hometown Exchange is a nonprofit corporation that aims to provide opportunities for people of different backgrounds and with varying viewpoints to come together for friendship and also for purposeful and constructive dialogues, especially on subjects about which they may disagree.

For more information, call the library at (626) 403-7352 or go to