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“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Executive Summary

“Water – The Crisis Ahead” Executive Summary

Winter 2010 Newsletter

All Foundation publications are available for download from our Publications page.



12th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 30, 2020

“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• November 3–4, 2011



Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 2011

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Workshop

• Taipei, Taiwan
• November 2010

Peter Ward Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• October 2010

11th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 2010

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010

“Water – The Crisis Ahead”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• April 2010  [AUDIO FILES]






Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series




Peter D. Ward, Ph.D.

Acclaimed expert in paleontology, astrobiology, mass extinctions, and Earth sciences

Author of The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps

Professor of biology and Earth sciences, University of Washington





Title of Lecture: “Our Flooding World”

Date: October 13, 2020, 7:30–9:00 P.M.

Venue: Town Hall Seattle

Cost: Free to the public

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Abstract of Lecture

The geological record demonstrates that the level of the sea has repeatedly risen and fallen over time. There are two main mechanisms: reduction of the ocean basins by increased heatflow, which causes seawater to spill out of the ocean basin onto land of low elevation (very slow – over hundreds of thousands of years) and melting or freezing of ice sheets on continents – very fast, occurring over decades. In this talk I will look at both and examine the consequences of one, two, five, and ten meters of sea-level rise on civilization and its future agriculture, geography, and economics.