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Ever heard of climate change? After the huge wave of climate protests in 2019, you might feel like you've heard it all with respect to the climate emergency - but there's more! This evening is an opportunity to hear a fresh perspective directly from the climate scientists themselves on how our planet is affected by increasing temperatures and what can be done to protect it. We'll take you through the impacts of climate change on coral reeds and how they can be protected, and the innovative research into carbon capture and storage technologies to reduce atmospheric CO2.
Coral reefs in a changing world: How can we protect reefs for an uncertain future
Louise Anderson (Marine Ecologist)
Human-induced climate change is transforming ecosystems around the world. Coral reefs are among the most vulnerable of these systems and are undergoing dramatic shifts in what they look like, what species they house and what roles they perform in the wider ecosystem. This has far-reaching impacts on everything from biodiversity to food security and our collective relationship with the natural world. Louise will discuss how scientists are working to understand these changes at different scales and translate this knowledge in to how we plan to protect reefs in an increasingly uncertain future.
Carbon Capture – The Solution to Our CO2 Problem?
We're facing a climate crisis. The planet's warming rapidly, and it's already having catastrophic impacts and changing life as we know it. The targets agreed at COP26 require momunmental action. We need to limit our emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) immediately and have net-zero emissions by the middle of the century. One of the key technologies required to achieve this target is carbon capture and storage (CCS). But separating CO2 from other gases is difficult! So, what processes can we use to capture carbon? How do they work? And what new, innovative technologies are in development?
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