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Often it seems that humans are a plague on our planet, wreaking havoc in the form of climate change. But does our planet fight back? Ailsa Naismith and Oliver Andrews will explore the ways in which humans are in conflict with Planet Earth, through their respective research on volcanoes and ocean systems.
Home beside the fire: experiences of people living with the active Fuego volcano in Guatemala
Ailsa Nailsmith (PhD Student in Earth Sciences)
Fuego volcano erupted on 3rd June 2018 in a devastating event, generating a series of pyroclastic flows that buried the town of San Miguel Los Lotes. Since this eruption, the institutions that monitor and manage volcanic risk have changed significantly - however, Fuego is still a hazard to communities living on its side. What are the experiences of people living in these communities? What do they see, hear, and feel? Join Ailsa Naismith as she talks about recent fieldwork she undertook with people who continue to live with one of the most active volcanoes in Central America.
Breaking the Waves? The Global Ocean and Climate Change
Oliver Andrews (Lecturer in Biogeochemistry)
The oceans act as a great moderator of climate change, absorbing the vast majority of excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases and around a third of carbon dioxide emitted by humans. However, this uptake of anthropogenic heat and carbon comes at a cost to marine life, setting in motion a so-called “triple whammy” of stressors whereby the oceans are “warming up, turning sour, and losing breath”. In this talk I will present an overview of the ocean’s central role in the fight against climate change, and what the knock on effects of this might be for the marine environment this century.