Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub invite a guest speaker every month to come and discuss something interesting with us. The talks can be about science, reason and critical thinking, conspiracy, the paranormal, cults and so on. Listen, have a drink and ask some questions of our speaker.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at The Brunswick Pub, 199 Malmesbury Park Rd, Charminster, BH8 8PX (5 minutes by car or 15 minutes on foot from Bournemouth Station).

Erik Mackie

When?
Wednesday, November 8 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Erik Mackie

What's the talk about?

Our climate is changing. Driven by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, global temperatures are increasing year on year. 2016 was the warmest year since records began in 1880, as were 2015 and 2014 before it. 

Sea level rise is a major and dramatic consequence of our warming climate. As global temperatures increase, our oceans are warming, causing the ocean water to expand. On top of that, melting glaciers and ice sheets are adding more water to the oceans. Global average sea level has already risen by about 20 cm over the past century, and will continue to rise for many centuries to come. This poses a significant risk to millions of people around the world living in low-lying coastal areas.

But by how much is global sea level projected to rise in the future? How does sea level change vary locally from the global average? Why will sea level rise be higher in southern England than in Scotland? And how does sea level rise increase the risk of flooding from storm surges?

In this talk, Erik Mackie will answer these and other questions, and explore the causes and impacts of past, current and future sea level rise. He will explain the science and discuss the implications of sea level rise with examples and case studies from the UK and worldwide. 

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Erik Mackie is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Bristol and British Antarctic Survey. His research focuses on the circulation of the Southern Ocean, and its response to Climate Change. He also worked as a Postgraduate Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in Westminster, where he wrote a parliamentary briefing note for MPs and Lords on sea level rise.

Stories from the Frontline of the Future

Mark Stevenson

When?
Wednesday, February 14 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Mark Stevenson

What's the talk about?

Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it is clear we need new approaches. 

Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, uncovering an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world’s most pressing dilemmas, a journey that offers a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.

Mark will be fitting as much as possible into his talk - this is a 100 mile-an-hour tour into the future, but fear not, there will be a time for questions and answers in the second half and for unpacking some of his ideas more fully!

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Mark Stevenson is a writer, entrepreneur, broadcaster, reluctant futurologist and founder of The League of Pragmatic Optimists. He has written for Radio 4, the Times, Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal, Telegraph, Guardian and New Statesman, and is the author of the critically acclaimed An Optimist’s Tour of the Future.

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