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We constantly hear in the media about how our actions are affecting the planet. We're speeding up climate change, we're polluting the oceans, and the diversity of our wildlife is rapidly decreasing. What is the impact on our health? Can we stop climate change with urban soil? Is pollution making us fat? Three researchers talk us through the answers to these questions.
A dose of nature for Dundee
A magic potion – to improve health for people and the environment – is it possible? We know there is a critical need to address global issues like declining biodiversity, there is also an increasing need to improve public health and wellbeing, and to reduce demands on our brilliant but stressed-out and over-stretched health services. These crucial issues can benefit from increasing people’s connection to nature. This talk will take you on a tour of some of the global evidence and initiatives and introduce you to green health measures happening on our doorstep in Dundee.
Obesogens in the ocean: Can marine pollutants make us fat?
We’re used to hearing about the obesity epidemic, and the importance of lack of exercise and poor diet in making people fatter. But what if pollutants play a role too? Seals can help us answer the question because they get fat quickly and have higher levels of many pollutants than humans do. Join us to find out more about how pollution in the marine food chain could alter the way seals and humans regulate their fat stores, and the consequences for their fatness and fitness.
Can urban lands be used to absorb CO2
Dr Ehsan Jorat (Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at Abertay University - SAGES carbon and biogeochemical co-leader)
In 2018, CO2 emissions reached a record high making the world hotter and imposing a greater threat to all life on Earth. Removing CO2 from the air is one of the solutions towards mitigating impacts of climate change. Urban soils can be designed to capture and store millions of tonnes of CO2 annually. In this talk, we will describe the method and design that society could adopt to incorporate carbon capture function into their green spaces and contribute nationally to the annual CO2reduction.