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Climate Risk Expert Speaks in WNC

The topic of climate change just got hotter on the heels of President Trump’s decision to pull  the U.S.  from the Paris climate agreement.   Retired Navy Rear Admiral  David Titley  is an international expert on climate change and national security .  He’s giving a talk at the Collider in Asheville.

U.S. Navy (Ret.) Rear Admiral David W. Titley has spoken across the country and throughout the world on the importance of climate change as it relates to national security. The Collider, with Citizens' Climate Lobby, is hosting Admiral Titley's visit  to Asheville on June 9 for a series of events that will feature his expertise in climate, the Arctic, and national security. These include talks with federal, academic, and business leaders, as well as the general public.

The free public talk is titled, "Climate Risk & National Security: People, Not Polar Bears." Event starts at 5:30pm; doors open at 5pm.

David Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Dr.Titley's career included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; oceanographer and navigator of the Navy; and deputy assistant chief of naval operations for information dominance. He also served as senior military assistant for the director, Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In that role, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy's Task Force on Climate Change.

After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dr. Titley serves on numerous advisory boards and National Academies of Science committees, including the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the CNA Military Advisory Board, the Center for Climate and Security and the Science, and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Dr. Titley is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He is currently a Professor of Practice in the Department of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, and founding Director of Penn State's Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk.


Helen Chickering is a host and reporter on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.