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The Insiders: The changing world of trees and the climate they live in

The world around us is changing every day.

From babies being welcomed into the world, dinosaur bones being discovered and the Insider making Concord residents famous, one week at a time, no day is the same as the last. But what is a more pressing issue is that of climate change and how it affects the future of Mother Nature.

It’s a real concern, people, and the more you know, the better you’ll be prepared when the plot from the cinematic classic The Day After Tomorrow becomes a reality. Trust us, you don’t want to get caught in an ice age. Haven’t you seen the movie?

That’s where Dr. Lindsey Rustad, a research ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, comes in.

Rustad will speak about climate change and its impact at the global and regional levels, including extreme weather events and their effects on forests of the Northeast tonight at St. Paul’s School. Do you know what a tornado or earthquake would do to our lush green forests? Well we don’t either and this is your chance to find out.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 131 of the Lindsay Center for Mathematics and Science. The event is free and open to the public.

It sure does sound like Rustad is quite knowledgeable in the field of trees, but there’s only one way to find out – go listen to her speak.

When it comes to hip hop, Uptown Greg Brown has got you covered. With a catchy name like that, how could he not? The artist and producer will take over New England College, Concord tonight at 7:30 with his fresh beats and lyrical mastery. He’ll even provide a few tips for breaking into the music biz. It’s free, informative and rhyme-y.

But if a slower musical night is what you seek on this fine evening, head over to the Concord Community Music School for its Musician of Wall Street Concert: An Exploration in Symmetry. No, these are not moonlighting stock brokers, but rather musicians who call the Wall Street school home. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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