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Orrin Pilkey & Keith Pilkey 

When: Tue., Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. 2011

In the last decade, as scientists have become more certain of human-caused climate change, the American public has become less so. The trend is dispiriting, and it would be mystifying if the driver weren't so obvious: trillions of dollars staked on preserving the energy status quo, as well as a shared belief among conservatives that since liberals are for the environment, they ought to be against it.

Orrin Pilkey, emeritus professor of geology at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, has taken it upon himself to spread the gospel of mainstream science. His latest book, Global Climate Change: A Primer, which he co-wrote with his son Keith, spells out the science of climate change in basic terms. The book "seeks both to inoculate its reader against denialist memes as well as arm her with an arsenal of facts to be deployed against right-wing relatives on Facebook or at the next family reunion," wrote the Independent's Gerry Canavan in a review last month.

Pilkey will also discuss his other recent book, The World's Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline (his scientific specialty), which includes a section on warming-induced sea-level rise. The free talk starts at 7:30 p.m.; the Pilkeys will also be at the Regulator in Durham on Friday, Aug. 26. —Marc Maximov

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