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IDEW: Climate Change - The Facts


Sun 17 Sep 2017, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Caccia Birch House, 130 Te Awe Awe St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Sue246

Climate change has been described as the main moral challenge of the century, because it is causing major problems now, mainly to developing countries (including our Pacific neighbours). Also, unless we act quickly, climate change threatens the livelihoods of ourselves, our children and grandchildren in coming decades.

We will show the way burgeoning greenhouse gas emissions are warming the earth, and oceans. The talk will cover the challenges we all face as globally we move to zero carbon world by 2050 and what we need to do to achieve this and keep global mean temperature rise to 2 degrees.

Dr Kevin Tate:
Kevin currently a Research Associate at Landcare Research, following a number of years leading major research programmes on greenhouse gas exchange with the terrestrial biosphere. He began his scientific career teaching chemistry at Victoria University in Wellington before becoming a soil scientist at the New Zealand Soil Bureau, DSIR in 1968.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1995, and in 2005 won the New Zealand Marsden Medal for his contribution to climate change research. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural L Grange Medal for his contribution to New Zealand soil science. In retirement he is applying his research to the development of mitigation technologies for greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Professor Surinder Saggar:
Surinder is the Portfolio Leader on agricultural greenhouse gases at Landcare Research, and Professorial Research Fellowship in the Institute of Natural Resources at Massey University. Born and brought up in Punjab the agricultural heartland of India, he started his research career as an Assistant Soil Chemist at Punjab Agricultural University in 1971.

He is a recipient of the Norman Taylor and the M L Leamy Awards from the New Zealand Society of Soil Science, and is a Fellow of that Society, and the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science.

Surinder is an internationally renowned Soil and Environmental Scientist for his leading research to understand greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon and nutrient dynamics in terrestrial systems. His research has consistently provided benefits to policy makers and farmers, leading to ways for improving nitrogen-use efficiency through mitigating these losses, and reducing New Zealand’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

Professor Robert McLachlan works at the Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University. He runs the Institute's Climate Change seminar and is developing a carbon reduction strategy for the university. In last year’s EnviroFest he spoke on “Easy ways to cut carbon emissions at home and at work”. He is also giving a free public talk on 'The EV Revolution' at Caccia Birch on Thursday 14th September 5pm-7pm, during IDEW (International Drive Electric Week) Manawatu.

EVs (Electric Vehicles) will be on display outside at both these events.

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