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USC Professor and Pope Francis on Climate Change

Dr. Carbone, climatology scientist, addresses Pope Francis' statements on ecological responsibility in a talk titled: "Inside 'Laudato Si,' Pope Francis's Encyclical on Care for the Earth."

Greg Carbone, professor of Geography at USC, will be speaking on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m., in Neglia Hall, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. on Pope Francis’ first papal encyclical entitled “Laudato Si” in which he said:

  • The problem is urgent. “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years."  We must all change our day-to-day actions to live more sustainably.  “Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility.”  On a larger scale, our leaders must be held to account. “Those who will have to suffer the consequences . . . will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility.”

Dr. Carbone will talk from a scientific perspective about Pope Francis call to look at our connection to the Earth and to each other through the lens of environmental justice. Carbone will discuss how to be more active in caring for our common home, Earth.

Greg Carbone’s research includes climate variability and change and climate impacts. He is an investigator with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) program, a NOAA-sponsored center designed to work with decision makers to improve the use of climate information in resource management.

Two areas characterize his most recent work. These include investigation of the spatial and temporal nature of drought and measurement of its intensity and duration. Related to this work, he co-developed a web-based drought-monitoring tool for the Carolinas. A second focus has involved development and assessment of climate change scenarios and their application for regional decision making. This has included the use of general circulation model and regionally-downscaled output, and has centered on tailoring projections of climate change to decision making.