Why does the planet’s warming produce stronger hurricanes, rising seas, and larger floods? Simple, says Dr. Melanie Lenart, award-winning journalist and science writer, the Earth is simply doing what comes naturally. Just as humans produce sweat to cool off on a hot day, the planet produces hurricanes, floods, wetlands and forests to cool itself off.

Dr. Lenart, University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, examines global warming with a trained eye, presenting the science in a clear, straightforward manner in her book, Life in the Hothouse. Relying on the latest research in climate change, Lenart believes that if we help sustain Earth’s natural defense systems, including wetlands and forests, perhaps Mother Earth will no longer need to rely as much on the cooling effects of what we call “natural disasters.”

Hear Dr. Lenart speak at Tohono Chul Park on June 26th at 1pm in Education Center #1. Copies of Life in the Hothouse will be available for sale and signing. This event is free.

For more information call Tohono Chul Park at 520-742-6455 or visit their website. Tohono Chul Park is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, one stoplight west of the intersection at Oracle and Ina.