Think Talk: So what should New Zealand do with regard to climate change?
Tuesday 12 March 2024 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Addressing climate change threats in New Zealand requires a comprehensive and collaborative approach that acknowledges the dependencies on shipping, air travel, and tourism. Climate change is continuing, and planning for its consequences and building resilience are also essential. During this presentation Kevin will also discuss why global warming really means global heating, which arises from increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activities. Some heat goes into raising temperatures. Most energy goes elsewhere: warming the oceans and raising sea level, melting ice, and evaporating moisture. Excess energy means more drying, more water vapour in the atmosphere, stronger storms, and heavier rains, but where it is not raining, there are more heatwaves and drought, and more wildfires. Extremes generally worsen. A discussion will be given of recent extremes in Auckland and New Zealand.
About Dr Kevin E Trenberth, Distinguished Scholar, National Center for Atmospheric Research and Honorary Academic faculty member, Department of Physics at the University of Auckland.
From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology in 1972 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize which went to the IPCC. He served on and chaired many World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) committees. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. He has published many papers and his work is highly cited.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A small donation on arrival at the door is appreciated.