Will it cost the earth to avoid climate change?
Thursday, 9 October 2008
The highly successful Climate Change Q & A free public seminar series comes to a close at the University of Adelaide this month, with the last two seminars getting to the heart of key issues in the climate change debate.
Will it cost the earth to avoid climate change? is the topic for this Friday 10 October.
"There is a very real fear in the community that by mitigating carbon emissions we will ruin the economy, and this seminar will address those issues," says the host of the Climate Change Q & A series and Director of the University's Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability, Professor Barry Brook.
"A raft of wait-and-see stalling techniques have arisen out of fear that taking decisive action now to reduce emissions will throw us into an economic depression or back to the Stone Age. Meanwhile, viable solutions to fossil fuel supplies remain under-developed. This seminar looks at what approaches are available to us now to mitigate greenhouse emissions, what future energy sources and technologies are possible, and how much they will really cost us to implement," Professor Brook says.
The Q & A series will conclude on Friday 24 October with: Greenhouse denial versus good science: The 'pretend debate'.
"This gets to the heart of what agreement there is within science itself about climate change," Professor Brook says.
"Perfect agreement is hard to achieve, particularly on subjects as complex and expansive as climate change. However, the vast majority of scientists do agree that human activity is causing global climate change, that the consequences will be negative and far reaching and that urgent action must be taken."
While audience participation has been an important component of all the Climate Change Q & A seminars, it will be given more time than usual at the final seminar.
And although the 24 October seminar is the last one for the year, an online blog established by Professor Brook to support the seminar series - http://bravenewclimate.com - will continue to discuss the science behind global warming.
"With more than 65 posts and 1400 comments since its launch in August, the blog has added an interesting dimension to our Climate Change Q & A seminar series," Professor Brook says.
"It makes the seminars more accessible to people who are unable to attend for one reason or another. Readers can download the seminar recordings and slide presentations, subscribe to RSS feeds, read posts, access additional resources, and most importantly engage in online discussions about the seminar topics and the related issues that we discuss on the blog."
For complete details about the seminar series visit: www.adelaide.edu.au/climatechange/
WHAT: Climate Change Q & A public seminar series
WHEN: 5:30pm to 7:00pm Friday 10 October and Friday 24 October
WHERE: Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide
COST: Free - all are welcome
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