Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Great Climate Changing Debate In Reading Tonight

Today Tuesday 9 June at 7 pm

Free admission

Free refreshments from 6 pm
at The Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road Campus, Reading RG1 5AQ

Chaired by
Professor Peter Liss, University of East Anglia

Professor John Sheperd FRS, Tyndall Centre, University of Southampton
Professor David Cope, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Dr Alan Gadian, Senior Research Lecturer, University of Leeds
Dr Olivier Boucher, Head Climate, Chemistry and Ecosystems, Met Office Hadley Centre
David Santillo, Research Fellow in Bioscience, University of Exeter
Miriam Kennet CEO Green Economics Institute

About this event
Are you concerned about the future of our planet? You can have your say and listen to a top panel of experts debate how or even if we can halt or reverse damage created by greenhouse gases.

The protection of the environment is now firmly a mainstream consideration in all our lives. Previous Great Debates have addressed energy and environmental issues: the need for alternative energy sources, and minimisation of environmental impacts.

Engineers are currently examining geo-engineering as one of a number of ways to tackle climate change, There are five types of geo-engineering; ideas include removal of carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere with air-scrubbers, reflecting solar radiation back into space with space mirrors, artificial oceanic algal blooms to absorb carbon dioxide, mass re-forestation and artificial cloud cover.

What are the challenges of geo-engineering, and does the “law of unintended consequences” mean that we may do more harm than good?

This public debate, will bring together a leading panel of climate experts, focusing on geo-engineering and has been organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the British Computer Society (BCS), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) to highlight the urgency to act on climate change before it is too late.

Please register online.

Free of charge.

18.00 - refreshments and networking
19.00 - debate begins

Organised by the IET Berkshire Network, IMechE, ICE, BCS & IChemE


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