Dr Amos Tai to investigate impacts of climate change to public health at British Council’s Café Scientifique
Renowned earth science professor to bring science to life
Changing patterns of extremely hot days, air pollution episodes, and mosquito-borne illnesses have been troubling Hong Kong and many places in the world, and have resulted in different kinds of public health threats. In order to investigate the impacts of climate change to public health, the British Council has invited Dr Amos P K Tai, Assistant Professor in the Earth System Science Programme of the Faculty of Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, to reveal the implications for daily life in Hong Kong, and strategies for a sustainable future at the Café Scientifique on 30 July 2014.
In recent years, the impacts of climate change have gone far beyond the iconic picture of polar bears losing their homes. We have been seeing or experiencing emerging health threats on climate change, such as heat stress, more prevalent infectious diseases, alteration of quality, water scarcity and food in security. While the impacts of climate change are beginning to endanger the health and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people, it is important for the public to understand the implications of climate change and learn to create a sustainable future together. Dr Tai will make use of his research on the complex interactions between climate, atmospheric chemistry and the biosphere to discuss aspects that directly impact human society.
Details of Café Scientifique –Impact of climate change to public health:
Date: 30 July 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. (doors open at 6.30 p.m.)
Location: Room 307, British Council, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Free admission. Registration is required at http://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/events/cafe-scientifique.
As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations, the British Council has been fostering partnerships between individuals and institutions in the UK and Hong Kong to share the benefits of science and create a wider public awareness of science and technology. Café Scientifique, one of the key science programmes organised by the British Council, aims to make science accessible to the public and to break down the perceived barriers between scientists and the public. To learn more about British Council’s Café Scientifique, please visit http://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/programmes/education/science/cafe-scientifique.