The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laborator y Conservation Lecture Series
Rain: A History for Stormy Times
 by Cynthia Barnett
An engaging natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from how it helped shape civilization, religion, and art; to the peculiar history of the world's first raincoat, the Mackintosh; to the rain obsessions of our "Founding Forecaster," Thomas Jefferson - all building to the uncharted rains of climate change.  Rain is the source of Earth's water, from the cataclysmic torrents that filled the oceans four billion years ago to miraculous natural cycle that replenishes aquifers, soils, and rivers day after day.   Scientists say changing rainfall patterns are some of the earliest and most-certain tremors of our warming globe. Armed with the computer models looking forward, there is also much to learn from looking back. Too much and not enough, rain is an experience we share. Its history has much to tell us about coming together to adapt in stormy times.
September 8th, 2016
at 7 pm

FSUCML Auditorium

Reception follows the presentation

Cynthia Barnett is an award-winning journalist who has reported on water and climate worldwide, from the Suwannee River to Singapore. Her work appears in the  New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and many other publications. Ms. Barnett earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and her master's in environmental history, both from the University of Florida. She teaches Environmental Journalism and Nature and Adventure Writing at UF. 
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