Climate change: a chance for New Zealanders to learn how it will affect them

New Zealanders can learn about climate change and ask questions about how it will affect them directly from two of New Zealand’s top climate scientists, Professors Tim Naish and James Renwick in this year’s Royal Society of New Zealand Ten by Ten talk series: ‘Ten things you didn’t know about climate change…’.

The pair have already spoken in Hamilton,  Rotorua and Napier and will speak in  Palmerston North tonight. Over the next two months they will go on to Christchurch, Dunedin, Wanaka, Auckland, Wellington and Nelson. An additional talk is planned for Masterton.

“Everybody has heard of climate change and how it is redefining coastlines and making calamitous weather events more frequent, but how does climate change impact on New Zealanders directly and what can we do about it? That’s what we will be covering in our talk,” says Professor James Renwick.

Professor Renwick is a Professor of Physical Geography at Victoria University of Wellington and is fascinated in all aspects of the global climate system, from the tropics to the poles and from thousands of years in the past into the future.

He chaired the Royal Society of New Zealand expert panel on Climate Change Implications for New Zealand, which released its report in April.  It found six key areas of risk from climate change for New Zealand:

  •  our coastal margins
  • flooding from rivers
  • availability of and competition for freshwater
  • changes to our surrounding oceans
  • threats to unique ecosystems
  • flow‑on effects from climate change impacts and responses overseas.

Professor Tim Naish is Director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington where he and his team use rock and ice cores to understand past climate conditions.

Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford, President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, said the series supported the Royal Society of New Zealand’s work in providing the public with accessible information on climate change relevant to New Zealand, particularly on what the implications will be and what opportunities we have to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

The Ten by Ten series runs from July through September 2016. Tickets are free but should be booked online at www.royalsociety.org.nz

 

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