Science & Technology


Environment and Economics of OIL
Critical Issues / Climate Change and Oil

Much of what we have been told about the climate and energy problems confronting us all is confused and confusing. Global Warming is a real problem that has not always been well reported or adequately understood. This has led to both inaction and major actions being undertaken that will have little positive effect. Recent moves to expand production of US oil and natural gas continue our dependence on these energy sources and raise new environmental issues, such as "fracking." The high cost of energy will be a problem in our lives for decades. This course will explain the nature of this environmental condition and provide alternative approaches to heading off the harmful effects.

We will have four meetings of two hours each. The class meetings will cover: (1) How global warming works and the controversy concerning the science; (2) Why oil will continue to be necessary and expensive; (3) How this will affect our economy; (4) What we might do to resolve the problems.

Instructor: Jay Edie, OLLI/Omnilore Member
4 Tuesdays: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 10 am - 12 pm
Extended Education Building, EE 1210
Fee: $15
NLLL 352 Section 01, Course No. 22870

Plants of the South Bay

Have you ever wondered about the trees, bushes, and plants you see on the streets, lawns, business parks and open fields of the South Bay as you drive by? Or are they just "plants"? Some of these trees and bushes have colorful histories from the Wild West, the Middle East, or Medieval times. Some are good to eat, some are toxic, and some are just plain obnoxious, destroying sidewalks or displacing native species. They all influence the climate, the air we breathe, and the look of Southern California. Come and learn more about the plants of the South Bay.

Howard Manning is a retired Cal/OSHA safety engineer with an MS in Safety from USC. He has been a gardener, naturalist, and forager for over 50 years. He is a part member of the Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA). For several years he owned and operated "Harvestin' Howard LLC," which manufactured acorn tortilla chips, elderberry jelly, and a related comic book.

Instructor: Howard Manning, Community Expert
3 Tuesdays: March 4, 11, 18, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Extended Education Building, EE 1210
Fee: $15
NLLL 352 Section 02, Course No. 22874

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