Hothouse Earth: an inhabitant's guide
13 October 2022, 6-7.30pm
SAB003, University of Winchester, Winchester SO22 4NR
It is now practically impossible to keep this side of the 1.5°C dangerous climate change guardrail, and we can no longer dodge the arrival of disastrous, all-pervasive, climate breakdown that will come as a hammer blow to global society and economy.
Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards, explains the science behind the climate crisis and for the first time presents a blunt but authentic picture of the sort of world our children will grow old in, and our grandchildren grow up in; a world that we catch only glimpses of in today's blistering heatwaves, calamitous wildfires and ruinous floods and droughts. Bleak though it is, the picture is one we must all face up to, if only to spur genuine action - even at this late stage - to stop a harrowing future becoming a truly cataclysmic one.
Bill McGuire is Professor Emeritus of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London, co-director of the New Weather Institute, patron of Scientists for Global Responsibility, and Special Scientific Advisor to WordForest. He was a contributor to the 2012 IPCC report on climate change and extreme events. His books include A Guide to the End of the World: Everything You Never Wanted to Know, and Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes. His first novel, Skyseed- an eco-thriller about climate engineering gone wrong - was published in 2020. He writes for many publications, including the Guardian, The Times, the Observer, New Scientist, Science Focus and Prospect and is author of the Cool Earth blog on Substack.
This lecture is presented by the Winchester Institute for Climate and Social Justice. No booking is required.Back to events