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Mayo professor to discuss insulation of Earth's atmosphere

Dr. Leo Leo J. Maguire, Mayo Clinic associate professor of ophthalmology

A Mayo Clinic professor will discuss the Earth's level of atmospheric insulation at an upcoming forum in Rochester.

Dr. Leo J. Maguire, an associate professor of ophthalmology, will discuss "a primer on humanity's audacious experiment with the insulation of Earth's atmosphere" during the Mayo Foundation Chapter of Sixma Xi Public Lecture. It will be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Leighton Auditorium and is open to the public.

"He is fascinated by the dilemma that our world civilization is dependent on the availability of vast amounts of energy to power it, but the fuels that power civilization have increased the insulation in the Earth's atmosphere by 40 percent since 1980, and that percentage is increasing rapidly," the Mayo Foundation wrote in its news release.

During his lecture. Dr, Maguire will give a primer on how the geophysical systems of the Earth react when they are no longer in equilibrium due to rapid increase in the Earth's insulation capacity. Additionally, he'll discuss what to expect if the average global temperature increase by up to 6 degrees Celsius.

Dr. Maguire has spent the last 33 years working at Mayo's Rochester campus while focused on the surgical treatment of corneal and external eye diseases, corneal transplantation and ocular oncology. He's developed a curriculum in corneal microsurgery and has run Mayo's wet lab instruction course in corneal transplantation for the past 15 years.

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