EPA Climate Change Lecture Series Continues

Date released: Oct 23 2009

The EPA will host two further climate change lectures this year, as part of the Road to Copenhagen 2009.

The first of these, For Peat’s Sake – Bogs and Climate Change, will be given by Professor Hans Joosten, an international expert on peatland and climate change.  Professor Joosten is an expert advisor on how peatlands may be included in the UNFCCC Copenhagen agreement on climate change and is Head of the Mire and Palaeo Ecology Institute in the University of Greifswald, Germany. 

The public lecture will take place next Tuesday 27th October at 6.30pm in The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  It will be chaired by Dr. John Bowman.

Peatland degradation is a potential cause of climate change through the release of greenhouse gases.  The lecture will present an overview of the latest developments in trying to reduce peatland degradation, both via the Climate Convention (UNFCCC) and the voluntary market (Voluntary Carbon Standard).
A second lecture, Back to the Future – The Role of Climate Science will be presented by Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Head of Climatology and Environmental Sciences, University Catholique de Louvain.  This lecture will take place on Tuesday 24th November.
The occasional lectures are aimed at providing updates on the science of climate change as well as the policy and political response to this global challenge.  Speakers include top international experts in science, economics and technology.

Attendance is free, but advance booking is essential.  To book, you should 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)