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Surviving the Inevitable Climate Change

Please note this venue is accessible and has step-free access.
Past event - 2017
15 May Doors open 6:30pm; Event 7:00pm-9:00pm
Panton Arms, 43 Panton Street,
Cambridge CB2 1HL
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Come and hear leading experts talk about the impact of climate change on our society. Learn about how a range of factors from high-level international policies to individual decisions, would change the fate of our planet. And, for those who want to know if these efforts fail, do we have Plan B? Book now!!

Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.

Can we engineer the climate?

How might we cool the planet if we fail to meet our CO2 emissions targets? This is a question that perhaps we shouldn't even ask because it will distract us from our primary goal of reducing CO2 emissions. But seriously, what if our CO2 reduction efforts don't work? Do we just accept the climate consequences of the CO2 we generate (the 35 billion tonnes we emit annually) - sea level rise, desertification, ocean acidification, loss of habitat - or do we try to repair the damage that we are causing?

Future climate change in the context of the past

By looking at past variations in Earth’s climate, we can put the following centuries in context. I will compare the speed and magnitude of change with those that occur naturally. I will look at evidence on how ice sheets have been affected by the kinds of change we expect in the polar regions. And I will look at a time 56 million years ago, when nature released carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Living with extremes: what can we learn from recent flooding?

This talk will explore what has been done in response to recent floods in the UK, how rare such events really are, and how the roles of government and society are changing. The need to act with an imperfect understanding of the natural system and managing residual risk are central to this issue. The changing climate means that the lessons from flooding should be transferred to how other environmental hazards are handled.