EPA Climate Change Lecture Series Continues

Date released: Oct 16 2008

Following on the success of the climate change lecture series during 2007-2008 the Environmental Protection Agency will host a number of occasional climate change lectures in autumn 2008 and spring 2009.  The first of these, Glacial warning - the climate change canary?, will be given by Professor Wilfried Haeberli, Director of the World Glacier Monitoring Service.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 21st October, 2008 at 7.30pm in The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Dr Wilfried Haeberli, Director of the UNEP World Glacier Monitoring Service based in the University of Zurich, will outline the findings from the recently published UNEP report Global Glacier Changes: Facts and Figures. This report presents information on the latest fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlies the overall trend of glacial retreat. 

The report confirms that the average annual melting rate of glaciers appears to have doubled after the turn of the millennium with record losses in 2006 for a key network of reference sites.  Dr Haeberli will outline the significance of recent trends in ice retreat in terms of impacts on the environment, natural hazards, water and energy supply.

The occasional lectures are aimed at providing updates from the science of climate change as well as the policy and political response to this global challenge. As in the earlier lectures, speakers will include top international experts in science, economics and technology.

Attendance is free, but advance booking is essential.  To book, please contact Clara Clark Event Management on 01 2898533 or email info@claraclark.ie.

Information on the lecture series, including video broadcasts of the previous lectures, is available from the EPA website and on www.claraclark.ie/climatechangelectures.

Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)