SAVILE SCIENCE – DOES TECHNOLOGY HOLD THE KEY TO SOLVING CLIMATE CHAOS? BY: PROFESSOR CAROLYN ROBERTS

Despite views to the contrary, the earth’s climate is changing, in part as a result of human activity. Future scenarios include areas of the world experiencing far more extreme droughts and forest fires, cities being flooded more frequently by catastrophic rainfall, and large areas of coastal inundation as the ice caps melt. The early signals of human responses to these situations are already apparent – hunger, mass migrations of people across national boundaries, exacerbated by warfare, and increases in the numbers of people dying from heat exposure. Global-scale shifts in vulnerability to disease are also a possibility.

The UK’s politicians suggest that the solutions lie in innovative technologies, which will leave us free to continue our current lifestyles largely unchecked. But what are these technologies, who is developing them, and can they keep future temperature increases within reasonable boundaries? Or should we develop other forms of resistance to the impacts of climate change?

The talk will review the latest scientific evidence on climate change, explore some of the up-and-coming ideas for reducing damaging atmospheric emissions, and speculate on the likelihood of technologically-driven success.

Renowned Water and Environment Consultant, Carolyn is making a welcome return to the Savile, by popular demand, following her most successful talk last year.

Chairman: Savilian Ken Allen