Day 3: Learning about Climate Change

Today I took part in an ‘expand my mind’ new thing, and went to a lecture about Climate Change, and the affects it will have on New Zealand.

The talk which was delivered by Professors Tim Naish and James Renwick, was entitled ‘10 things you didn’t know about Climate Change‘, and was organised by the Royal Society of Hawke’s Bay.

As someone who knows very little about climate change apart from the fact that it’s bad (I feel an extraordinary sense of guilt if I put a tin can in the normal rubbish instead of the recycling), this was an excellent presentation – not only because I went away knowing about 10 things more than I knew before about climate change, but because the Professors made the information very accessible to non academics,i.e. me.

So what did I learn? Well basically, whatever happens, the earth WILL get hotter, which means sea level rises, ice caps melting, flooding in some areas, and that we can only slow down this process, not stop it. Oh and we are unlikely to meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement. Stay happy people!

Full slides from the presentation are available online.

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