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Nature, what is it good for?

Please note this event takes place in the basement and has no step-free access.
Past event - 2018
15 May Doors open 18:30
Event 19:00-21:30
Simmons King's Cross 32 Caledonian Road,
London N1 9DT
Sold Out!
Unsustainable exploitation of the natural world threatens food and water security of billions of people. Is the future as bleak as we think? Can we still make a difference? Join us this evening to hear how harvesting fog and running models could help us build a better relationship with nature.

Tigers on a train or flipping burgers?

Dr Arnout Van Soesbergen (Research Associate)
An ever expanding human population is putting more and more pressure on natural ecosystems that provide us with a range of benefits from cute animals to clean water and even medicines. To protect these important ecosystems for future generations we need to balance competing demands on land. In this talk, Arnout will demonstrate how exploring alternative futures through models can help in understanding human threats to ecosystems and make policies more robust for the future.

Drinking the Clouds: Harvesting Fog in the Desert

Dr Becca Farnum (PhD researcher)
Where does water for beer come from? For many brews, a river or underground aquifer. But for a growing number of communities, historic water stress and climate change-related droughts mean that traditional water sources are unreliable. Thanks to dewdrops on spider webs and leaf-drinking scenes from movies like 'Avatar', though, we know there are other ways.
In this talk, you'll hear about how nets on top of a mountain are bringing fresh water to Moroccan communities through fog-capture, while similar tech is equipping vodka-making in California.