EPA Climate Change Lecture Series

Date released: Nov 15 2007

The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a series of lectures on climate change over the coming six months. The seven-part series will explore key aspects of climate change ranging from predictions and impacts, to its economic and political consequences. Speakers are top international experts.

Dr Padraic Larkin, EPA Director, Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use said ‘The potential for catastrophic climate change is now acknowledged as one of the most serious threats facing humanity.  Responsibility for dealing with that threat falls to this generation and fundamental and far-reaching structural and lifestyle changes are required if we are to avoid the worst consequences.    We simply cannot afford to ignore the problem or to pass it on to our children to deal with.   The time for action is now and we need to mobilise everybody to the task if we are to be successful. 

Clear, accurate and timely information is vital in raising awareness among the public, the politicians and among key policy and decision makers in the country.  We feel this series of lectures will be a valuable step towards raising awareness about this important topic.”
The series starts with two lectures to be given by lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report on climate change. Details are as follows:

Lecture 1: The Science of Climate Change – Facing the facts
Speaker: Dr Martin Manning, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA, Director of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) Working Group I Support Unit and lead author of the IPCC 4th Assessment Report 2007.
Date: Tuesday, 20th November 2007
Venue: The Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Time: 6.30 pm to 8.00pm

Lecture 2: Time for action? Options to address climate change
Speaker: Dr Bert Metz, Environmental Assessment Agency, the Netherlands and Co-chair Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 3.
Date: Tuesday, 27th November, 2007
Venue: The Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square Dublin 2
Time: 6.30 pm to 8.00pm

Attendance at all lectures is free, but advance booking is essential due to the demand.
To book, please contact Clara Clark at: info@claraclark.ie.

Detailed information on the lecture series is available from the EPA website on www.epa.ie/news/events/ and on www.claraclark.ie/climatechangelectures