Climate change expert’s free Portsmouth lecture

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CLIMATE change is a ‘creeping catastrophe’ that will affect the whole planet, according to an international expert who is giving a lecture at the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Colin Summerhayes has been invited to present his views on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the university’s celebration of National Science and Engineering Week.

He has called for more scientific research to understand how the South Pole might respond to further climate change and to predict how fast global sea levels will rise as more ice melts.

In an interview with the World Health Organisation, he said: ‘The rise in temperatures as a result of global warming will be quite slow over the next 30 years.

‘We should not expect an instantaneous change in health factors. It is what I call a creeping catastrophe.’

The free lecture, organised with the Royal Geographical Society Southern Region, starts at 6pm in Portland Building and will be followed by a drinks reception at 7pm.

Places are limited. To book email events@port.ac.uk