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Climate Change and Our Life Support System

When:

Thu 20 Jun 2019, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Central & CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • SMSA and Royal Society Members: $15.00
  • General: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Lecture #3: Climate Change and our Life Support System
Our climate system is changing rapidly as a result of the burning of fossil fuels. In Australia, we are already experiencing severe drought, increased bushfire and flooding risk, coastal erosion and unprecedented heatwaves. The changing climate is affecting all sectors—our economy, food security, health, and communities. But it is our environmental life support system that is feeling the impacts most significantly, with climate change exacerbating many other factors that lead to species loss and habitat decline.

Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes joins us to summarise the latest global and national trends in the climate and identify the most important observed and future impacts, with an emphasis on biodiversity. She will also outline what we need to do to achieve a stable climate by the second half of this century, and how we need to change our approach to conservation.

But it’s not all bad news; we do have many exciting opportunities to ensure a viable future, both for the planet’s species and our children.