Get ready for the Global Transforma­tion: Bill McKibben to provide event keynote Oct. 15 **UPDATED*­*

If recent environmental news has gotten you down — if you can’t believe the Obama Administration backed away from the chance to establish stronger smog regulations, or if you watch with a sense of helplessness as the N.C. legislature moves to weaken the permitting process for polluting industries — here comes an event that might help you recover your inner enviro-warrior. Bill McKibben will deliver a keynote address via Skype at the Global Transformation Festival in Gerton, Saturday, Oct. 15.

Sierra Club Executive Director teams up with local climate scientist for talk at UNCA Oct. 21

Michael Brune, executive director of the nation’s oldest environmental group, the Sierra Club, will discuss global environmental challenges at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Joining Brune will be Tom Peterson, from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, who will give an introductory talk on the nature of climate change.