Winchester Uni: Is climate engineering the answer?

Members of Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique are invited to the Winchester University public enterprise lecture series. This months Enterprise lecture is titled "Engineering the climate: is it the answer?"

This is an enterprise lecture, in partnership with Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC), by Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS.

Can deliberate intervention in the Earth’s climate system provide a realistic means of tackling climate change? From putting mirrors up in space to scrubbing carbon dioxide from the air, Professor Shepherd will present the findings of a review of Geoengineering carried-out by the UK Royal Society and talk through the climate effects, costs, risks, and research and governance needs for various approaches. The possible role of geoengineering in a portfolio of responses to climate change will be discussed, and various recent initiatives to establish good governance of research activity will be reviewed.

Professor John Shepherd is Professorial Research Fellow in Earth System Science at the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre. A former Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

To book a place please email [masked] or telephone 01962 827083.

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  • Derek J.

    This spoof site might be the source of the conspiracy theory: http://www.chronicle.su/news/sn...­

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Richard C.

    Agree with all earlier comments although I found the conspiracy theorists amusing rather than irritating - well managed by the Uni people. Chemtrails looks like bunk but geoengineeringwatch is reasonably sane. To my surprise I ended the evening more positive about geoeng - it could buy us time as long as the main goal is to stop pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.
    Coincidentally, on way home heard a radio programme arguing that population is no longer _the_ problem (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes...­) as we're past the peak growth.

    September 19, 2013

  • Louise C

    Great hosts and fantastic talk, shame about the ambushing during the questions. Apparently one of the conspiracy theory group was going to give a talk there the previous evening, but their Uni (Reading) asked them not to...

    September 19, 2013

  • Derek J.

    Steven, bumping off 97.5% of the population is unlikely to win votes. Using technology to reduce it to 90% is hardly a vote winner either. Ho hum.

    September 19, 2013

  • Steven P.

    The Q&A time was too short unfortunately and that was partly frittered away by those nutty conspiracy theorists.

    September 18, 2013

  • Steven P.

    Very useful meeting. The university were generous with the provision of venue and refreshments and the speaker was excellent - a model of conciseness and lucidity.

    September 18, 2013

  • Derek J.

    A very interesting talk by John Shepherd. Of course the underlying problem is too many people on the planet, got told about www.populationmatters.org. A few conspiracy theorists livened things up with tales of heavy metal particles being released by aircraft in their contrails (not quiet clear why the government would want to do this).

    September 18, 2013

    • Steven P.

      The prof didn't seem to agree with the population argument. You would need to kill a few billions of people to solve that problem it seems.

      September 18, 2013

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