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High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis

John Englander
Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014
Book Signing & Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Pier 8, Central

The Royal Geographical Society is delighted to welcome John Englander to lecture on "High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis”.  In this lecture, distinguished oceanographer John Englander discusses how the globe’s great ice sheets and glaciers are melting and how sea levels are therefore rising.  He shows how few commentators though realise that this process is now unstoppable for centuries to come, regardless of efforts to slow global warming.  This is since he asserts that the earth has gone beyond its “tipping point.”

In the lecture, Mr Englander demystifies the science of rising seas and provides insight into the “new normal” of shifting shorelines.  He looks beyond the headlines and official studies, to show why sea levels could rise faster and sooner than most expect.  Using the latest science and anecdotes from his experiences in the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica, he explains the big picture of the coming impact on populations, finance, businesses, communities and societies, illustrated with powerful images.

Mr Englander also puts sea level in the geological context showing how it has moved up and down hundreds of feet in regular cycles in accord with ice ages.  Now the globe has broken out of that pattern, with possible serious implications for centuries to come, he discusses whether there is likely to be a crisis.  He also discusses if there are likely to be opportunities for those that can see the larger trend.

John Englander is an American oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise. The Founder of the Rising Seas Group, Mr Englander works with businesses, government agencies and communities to understand the financial risks of sea level rise and the need for “intelligent adaptation”.  He previously served as CEO for The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers.  He has made expeditions under the polar ice cap, deep dives in research submarines and explored in Greenland and Antarctica.

His bestselling book, High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, explains the science of sea level rise, the impending devastating economic impacts and the opportunity to design for a more resilient future.  Mr. Englander is also a sought after keynote speaker and recent media appearances include MSNBC, Fox Business Channel, Al Jazeera America, National Public Radio, ABC, PBS, CCTV and SkyNews TV. He has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.  John Englander is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

    Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others.    

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