Adapting to the Climate Change - Aug 31st, 7 pm

The extremes of floods and fires are not going away, but adaptation can lessen their impact

The Sixth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published earlier this month. Global temperatures have already risen by about 1.1 degrees from pre-industrial levels, and the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached to 410 ppm.

Rising temperatures can lead to people dying in some places "just by going outside."

If humanity does not reduce CO2 emissions, global temperatures could rise to 2 degrees by 2060 and to 2.7 by the end of the century. Heat and hurricanes are likely to become even more severe.

What do the scientists' conclusions mean for ordinary humans? Is it possible to slow down the climate crisis? And how will this crisis will affect Hong Kong and the rest of the world in the next 50 years?

To discuss these and other questions related to climate, we invite you to join the upcoming meeting of The Economic Club.

Date: Aug 31st, Tue; 19:00-21:00
Location: Salon 10 (Arbuthnot Rd., 10).
The meeting will be conducted in the group of maximum 4 people to follow current government regulations for gatherings.

Preparatory materials to read:
Summary for policymakers of IPCC report: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/downloads/report/IPCC_AR6_WGI_SPM.pdf

There are many angles you can approach the discussion on the climate change issue - science, policy, technology, business, etc. We encourage you to do your own research on the matter. One of the resources you might consider is the coverage of climate change by The Economist https://www.economist.com/climate-change (for article access you would need to register on their website). For example, the article which discusses the issue of adaptation https://www.economist.com/leaders/2021/07/24/a-3degc-world-has-no-safe-place. However, it's not the only place to get the information from.

If you decide to join the meeting, please do come prepared - read more on the subject, take notes, write down some thoughts and points that you would like to bring for the discussion and share with the group.

We will not have a speaker on the topic, so your self-preparation is a key for an intelligent and quality discussion within the small group of 4 people.

Fee: it's free to attend the meeting, but every attendee would buy a drink as a courtesy to the venue.

The Economic Club is a community of intellectually curious people in Hong Kong. Learn more about the Economic Club on https://www.econclubhk.org/