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Go Long! Catch the Carbon

Please note we are sorry that this event is on the second floor and unfortunately has no step-free access. However, there is an accessible toilet available. It is an over 18s only
Past event - 2022
11 May Doors open 6:30pm
Talks starting from 7:30pm
To be finished by 9:30pm
Three Wise Monkeys (Top Floor), 60 High Street ,
Colchester CO1 1DN
The densest forest to the coastal seas, what do they have in common? We've all heard about the rises in carbon dioxide, but can the coasts and trees be our knights in bio-armour? What can we actually do in the UK to make a difference?

How plants breath to control temperature

Dr Shellie Wall (Senior Research Officer, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex)
Professor Tracy Lawson (Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex)
Plants, like us, need to ‘breathe’, however they take in carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and release oxygen (which we use). They do this through microscopic pores on the surface of the leaf called stomata. These pores open and close to allow gas exchange and when open water also leaves, which helps to keep the plant cool, and at the right temperature ensures optimal growth. The plant must carefully adjust how open the stomata to balance these processes, ensuring sufficient CO2 for photosynthesis can enter but not too much water is lost. We can visualise this behaviour using thermal imaging.

Salt marshes: hidden superpowers on our coasts

Dr Natalie Hicks (Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex)
Our Essex coastline boasts some of the most extensive UK salt marshes - a changing coastal feature over the centuries. Historically, salt marshes provided grazing for cattle, or were drained for land reclamation. These swampy, mythical wetlands are now set to be one of our natural allies in the fight against climate change. Find out the hidden delights of our salt marshes, why we call them ‘blue carbon’ habitats, and how they can protect our coastlines in the future.

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