This Reading Cafe Scientifique Event looks interesting .....
Flotsam, Jetsam and the Beach Picnic – how they all contribute to polluting over 71% of our planet
Plastics, high CO2 levels, sewage and oil all impact the planets most valuable resource; its Oceans. All of these are driven by us – quite literally when it comes to CO2 and oil – and science is discovering issues both positive and negative in dealing with various pollutant types. In particular there has been much in the press in recent months over plastics from plastic shopping bags to the micro-beads in many items we buy (not just cosmetics). It has taken government action in many countries to get us, the public, to change but what of the material that is still out there and is it still on the increase? More importantly is this all just hype and an inconvenience or should we be seriously concerned for the future not just of the oceans but also for us?
A talk by Dr Simon Boxall .... Principal Teaching Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton. He is oceanographer with a broad overview of ocean processes, from oil spills to climate change