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How do we protect our planet and life on it? And why does it need protecting? Dan Lundt will use his research to show what we do and don’t know about Climate Change while Alison Cotton demonstrates how Bristol Zoo is helping protect wildlife, through their conservation of the African Penguin.
The Plight of the Penguin - Bristol Zoo Conservation in Action
Alison Cotton (Bristol Zoo)
While most people are aware of Bristol Zoo as a family fun day out, many are unaware of the vast array of conservation, education and scientific work that goes on behind the scenes. In this talk, I will focus on my project: protecting the African penguin. This penguin faces huge challenges for its survival, and there is no easy solution at hand. Fishing pressure and climate change have contributed heavily to its decline. This species is caught in an ‘ecological trap’, unable to adapt to a changing landscape. I will discuss these issues and ideas, as we fight to save this charismatic predator.
Climate Change - what do we know, what don't we know, and what can we do?
Dan Lundt (Professor of Climate Science)
Climate change is one of the most important challenges Planet Earth is facing, with possible devastating consequences predicted in the future. But when we talk about climate change what do we really know about these consequences? How does this affect our understanding of the future affects of climate change and how we best prepare for it? Through unique research I will some of what we know while also exploring the uncertainties of future climate change.