Panel discussion to explore climate change

A free panel discussion about the potential local effects of a changing climate has been scheduled for Grand Junction.

The presentation — titled “It’s Our Food, Forests and Water: A Climate Change Discussion” — is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Mesa County Libraries central library, located at 443 N. Sixth St.

Sponsored by Conservation Colorado, the Mesa County Libraries and John McConnell Math & Science Center, the panel discussion is open to the public at no charge.

The panel will feature experts on geology, water, agriculture and forest health, including:

Jay Scheevel, a geology expert who will focus on the geology of carbon.

Gigi A. Richard, faculty director of the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, who will look at the implications of climate change on water resources in Colorado.

Jerry Nelson, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, who will examine the possible effects of climate change on agriculture.

Chris Jauhola, who worked on wildlife and forest health issues for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and will discuss climate change and forest health.