EPA Climate Change Lecture Series Continues

Date released: Jan 21 2008

The EPA climate change lecture series continues this week with a lecture by Dr Eric Wolff of the British Antarctic Survey entitled Meltdown? – Evidence of Climate Change from Polar Science. This lecture will take place in the Round Room, The Mansion House this Tuesday 22 January at 6.30pm.

Dr Wolff’s presentation will discuss both the history of Earth’s climate as revealed by ice cores, and the likely impact of future climate changes on the polar regions.

Ice core records held in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are a crucial resource for understanding how the Earth has functioned in the past. Studies of Greenland ice cores have shown that very rapid climate changes (several degrees in a few decades), centred in the North Atlantic region, occurred regularly in the past, probably due to changes in the transport of heat by the ocean. 

The audience will not need reminding that such heat transport (colloquially referred to as the Gulf Stream) is very important to Ireland: an obvious question is whether such changes could only occur in a colder world of the past, or whether they are likely in a warmer future world.   

Dr Wolff will also discuss how the polar regions are expected to change in the future.  Arctic sea ice appears to have been retreating very fast in the last few decades. This has not only physical and ecological consequences, but also socio-economic consequences as new sea routes become navigable.

The seven-part lecture series explores key aspects of climate change ranging from predictions and impacts, to its economic and political consequences. Speakers are top international experts.

Dr Padraic Larkin, EPA Director, Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use said:


“ Clear, accurate and timely information on climate change is vital in raising awareness among the public, the politicians and among key policy and decision makers in the country.  We feel this series of lectures will be a valuable step towards raising awareness about this important topic.”
 

Attendance at all lectures is free, but advance booking is essential due to the demand.  To book, please contact Clara Clark at: info@claraclark.ie.

Downlod information on the lecture series from the EPA website or find more detailed information on www.claraclark.ie/climatechangelectures

 
Editor’s Note:

EPA CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE SERIES – REMAINING PROGRAMME LECTURE 3: MELTDOWN? - EVIDENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE FROM POLAR SCIENCE
Speaker: Dr Eric Wolff, British Antarctic Survey, UK
Date: Tues. 22nd January, 2008 at 6.30 pm
Venue: The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street.

LECTURE 4: A WORLD TRANSFORMED – THE CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMAN LAND USE
Speaker: Professor Wolfgang Lucht, Potsdam Institute, Germany
Date: Tues. 5th February 2008 at 6.30 pm
Venue: The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street.

LECTURE 5: TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS: GREY CLOUDS AND SILVER LININGS
Speaker: Dr Leonard Bernstein, L.S. Bernstein & Associates, member of the core writing team for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Synthesis Report and convening lead author with Working Group 3.
Date: Tues. 26th February, 2008 at 6.30 pm
Venue: The Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

LECTURE 6: GAIN v PAIN - POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES AND OPTIONS
Speaker: Mr Michael Zammit Cutajar, Malta’s Ambassador for Climate Change, former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, (Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations).
Date: Tues. 11th March 2008 at 6.30 pm
Venue: The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street.

LECTURE 7: OUR OWN BACKYARD - IRELAND’S RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Speaker: Mr John Gormley, TD, Minister for Environment Heritage and Local Government.
Date: Tues. 8th April 2008 at 6.30 pm
Venue: To be confirmed