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Science in the City - special lecture series on climate change During May, Science in the City, brought to you by Our City O-Tautahi and the Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society, is presenting a weekly series of free lunchtime lectures on climate change.

Lectures will focus on how the some in the international scientific community predict that the greenhouse effect will result in global warming of Earth's atmosphere by between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century.

The series begun last week with a look at the scientific ideas behind climate change and continues tomorrow (Wednesday) with Murray Ward discussing how climate change could affect New Zealand as a whole.

Mr Ward led the MfE climate change team 1996-2002 (pre-Kyoto). He was a lead negotiator on New Zealand's international delegations and now heads a Wellington-based international climate change consultancy.

Next Wednesday 17 May, Dr Brett Mullan will look at the regional impacts of potential climate change.

Dr Mullan is a Principal Scientist at NIWA and Manager of the Climate Variability Group on NIWA's Wellington campus. He is also a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Climate Committee and a former President of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand.

And on Wednesday 24 May Professor Ann Amith will be a lecturing on how individuals can make a difference to the environment by helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Science in the City lectures let you use your lunchtime to learn more about topical scientific issues affecting your community and environment. Lectures will be held on Wednesdays of this month in Our City O-Tautahi's Debating Chamber from 1.10pm to 1.50pm. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Climate change lecture schedule

3 May: A look at some of the big science ideas behind climate change 10 May: The national picture - how will it affect New Zealand as a whole - electricity supply, carbon credits, forests, policy implications, food miles, energy usage.

17 May: The regional picture - local impacts - coastal erosion, land use, flooding, droughts.

24 May: The individual picture - how can individuals make a difference - housing, public transport use.

Our City O-Tautahi, Corner Oxford Terrace / Worcester Boulevard www.ccc.govt.nz/ourcity


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