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Understanding Future Climate Change: Interpreting the Latest Intergovernmental Climate Report

Dr Alexander Koch
Thursday, 9 Sep 2021
Registration at 6.45 pm; Talk at 7.00 pm
Level 35, Two Pacific Place, Admiralty
“It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred.” These are the opening sentences of the recently published intergovernmental report on climate change, the IPCC Assessment Report on Climate Change, an international effort that takes stock of the scientific understanding on the causes and impacts of current climate change.
In this talk, Dr Alexander Koch introduces the findings of this landmark report, answering questions such as: How much has the planet warmed over the last 150 years?  What are the impacts of this warming?  How do we know humans are causing this warming?  What is future climate change likely to look like?  With particular relevance to Hong Kong, he also maps out the impacts of future climate change on the region.

He shows that while climate change is already happening, acting now can limit the impacts of future climate change.  As multiple climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts are already underway, in the second part of this talk Dr Koch gives an overview on potential global climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, such as global tree planting efforts and climate-proof cities.

Dr Alexander Koch is from Germany and is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.  A recognised expert on climate change, he received his BSc in Geography from the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, before moving to the United Kingdom where he obtained an MSc at King’s College London and his PhD from the University College London. 

Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others.
                   The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to The Executive Centre as the Venue Sponsor of this talk.

                                 The opinions expressed at this event are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the
                                                                                               Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.     

Due to social distancing, only a small audience with reduced capacity is permitted, which has been reflected in the cost. This event is going to be held within our understanding of the social distancing rules of the Government then prevailing.  Social distancing regulations are to be observed at all times.

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