Effects of climate change topic to be discussed at CSUSB

Climate change not only affects temperature and sea levels, but it also has an impact on growing and distributing food

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: October 24, 2014

Effects of climate change topic to be discussed at CSUSB

Climate change not only affects temperature and sea levels, but it also has an impact on growing and distributing food, with adverse weather often being a factor in food shortages.

"Food Security and Climate Change -- What Are the Best Policy Options in a Warming World?" will be the focus of a presentation on Monday, Oct. 27, at Cal State San Bernardino. Kevin Grisham, an assistant professor of geography and environmental studies at CSUSB, will give the presentation and lead the discussion afterward.

The program will take place from 4-6 p.m. at Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center 106A. There is no admission charge for CSUSB students and faculty and high school students. There is a $15 charge for World Affairs Council members and K-12 teachers, and $20 for others in the community. Parking at CSUSB is $5.

Pre-registration is required and may be done online at the World Affairs Council Inland Southern California's program website at - !programs-/c2t8.

The lecture is part of the ongoing "Great Decisions 2014" speaker series presented by Cal State San Bernardino and the World Affairs Council Inland Southern California.

Some of the issues the program will examine include:

?À How can food shortages be avoided if the world has not yet achieved the goal of eliminating malnutrition in Africa and South Asia;
?À How agriculture security could be affected by global climate change;
?À How can food yields be increased, and distribution of food improved;
?À What roles might agricultural reserves, genetically modified and artificial foods play;
?À How does the issue of population growth play into the equation; and
?À What achievements have been made so far in adapting to climate change and mitigating food crises?

Since the start of the fall quarter, CSUSB has been hosting the Great Decision Lecture Series, program of the Foreign Policy Association. Along with the university and the World Affairs Council Inland Southern California, the series is also being sponsored by the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and two student clubs, the History Club and the Global Citizens Project.

The Foreign Policy Association has a panel of experts pick eight topics each year for the series. This year, the series tackles critical issues from the relationship between Israel and the U.S. to China's foreign policy.

The remaining programs in the series are:

?À "U.S. Trade Policy," presented by Jim Charkins, executive director of the California Council on Economic Education and professor emeritus of economics at CSUSB, Nov. 3;
?À "Turkey's Challenges," presented by Ece Algan, an associate professor of communication studies at CSUSB, Nov. 17; and
?À "China Foreign Policy," presented by Jeremy Murray, assistant professor of history at CSUSB, Dec. 1.

For more information on the Oct. 27 program or on the Great Decisions 2014 series, contact Margaret A. Hill, chair of World Affairs Council Inland Southern California at (909) 537-5648, or email at

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit

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