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18:30 - 19:30 1 March 2011
The Earth bites back
JZ Young Lecture Theatre |
Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Professor Bill McGuire, Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, Professor Bill McGuire is a leading expert on global geophysical hazards and author of 'Global Catastrophes: a Very Short Introduction and Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet joins us to explore a side of climate change you don’t normally hear'.
While the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 4th Assessment Report paints a pretty bleak picture of the future, the scariest thing about it is that it may not be scary enough. New research points not only to higher temperatures, bigger storms and more floods, but to a world in which melting polar ice drowns coastal towns and cities across the planet and the crust itself joins in with more earthquakes, submarine landslides, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Is this a world we wish to bequeath to our children and their children? If not, we may have less than 10 years to do something about it.
PLEASE NOTE: This lecture is repeated as part of the Lunch Hour Lecture Series on Thursday 3 March, 1.15-1.55pm in the Darwin Lecture Theatre - see Lunch Hour Lecture listings for further details.
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