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Geography Society visit to London

Geography Society visit to London

The Harris Society outing to the Royal Geographical Society: on Monday 11th January, the Harris Society visited the Royal Geographical Society in London to attend a lecture from Professor Michael Jacobs on the topic of the recent critical UN conference in Paris with regards to climate change.

 Having been Special Adviser to former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for six years, Jacobs’ take on the next 40 years of climate change was as credible as any. He talked in great depth about the reality of the COP21 agreement and how complex the task world leaders would be faced with in keeping global temperatures under two degrees higher than pre-industrial times.

 He then went on to say that unless there are drastic measures taken by energy giants such as Shell and Exxon, this goal will never be achieved, due to their supposed contribution to the temperature increase. Somewhat contrary to what one would expect, his thoughts were very positive and thought that with the development of C02 capture in the near future, this goal of two degrees was realistic. 

 The evening was finished off with a visit to a local pizzeria and we all went home intellectually stimulated after what was a fascinating talk.

 

Report by Alex Beare, K Social 6.1 

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