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Climate change & extreme weather: Behind the headlines
January 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pmFree
“2017 was second hottest year on record, after sizzling 2016”
“Deadly storm Eleanor batters Europe”
“Winter storm threatens US East Coast, bringing colder temperatures than Mars”.
Hardly a day goes by without climate change and extreme weather in the headlines, but sometimes it’s hard to decipher reality from hyperbole. Scientists are becoming more confident that climate change is affecting the frequency of extreme weather events, but it is still difficult to link the severity of any single event to climate change. So what is the role of climate change in extreme weather? And how much is just bad luck? Together, we’ll take a look at some of the recent weather headlines hitting the media, and attempt to make sense of them using up-to-date climate science. We’ll also discuss how scientists are working with health services, companies, and governments to better predict extreme weather and to adapt to the impacts of climate change worldwide.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Raeanne Miller is a Knowledge Exchange and Communications Manager at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, where she tries to translate science into meaningful outcomes for people and society. Raeanne is a marine ecologist by training, but at present she works with over 100 climate scientists trying to understand the how climate change in the Arctic will impact the climate and weather of the Northern Hemisphere, as part of the EU-funded Blue-Action project.
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.