Nearly all predicted rates of climate disruption (temperature increases, extreme weather events, sea level rise) have been exceeded in the last five years, meaning that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) worst-case scenarios are being realised much earlier than expected. While some local and regional reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions have been achieved, overall global emissions are continuing to rise. Coupled with a guaranteed increase in the global human population to over 9 billion by 2050, and probably over 12 billion by the end of this century, any reasonable chance of a sustainable future will require a massive reformatting of our electricity production, transport networks, water distribution, and agricultural systems. Increasing wealth disparity, political extremism, refugee pressure, inadequate sanitation and food distribution, and the loss of essential ecosystem services arising from the erosion of biowealth will result in increased human suffering, despite gains in medical technology and treatments. Adoption of controversial policies and electricity-generation technologies such as nuclear are increasingly becoming imminent as emergency responses to these challenges. Radical revamping of the political process and the dominant economic system are long overdue to avoid the worst of future ravages.
Corey Bradshaw is proudly sponsored by The Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago.
Venue of event: University of Otago College of Education Auditorium, 145 Union Street, Dunedin
Booking not required.
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This event is wheelchair accessible.