Heat waves, flash floods and tropical cylones – how and to what extent are such recent extreme weather events affected by climate change? Have we already passed the critical tipping points in the climate system? How much sea-level rise are we already committed to? These were some of the questions discussed at a Science Circle Lecture at the German Embassy on Friday, 2nd November.
The lecture was given by two internationally renowned experts from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany: Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf and Prof. Johan Rockström. Prof. Rockström is the new Co-Director of PIK. Prof. Rahmstorf is Professor of Physics of the Oceans, Potsdam University and Chair of Earth System Analysis, PIK.
The Lecture was titled “New Insights and Hot Topics from Climate Science” and covered a range of issues and questions which currently are 'hot topics' in the climate science community. The issues such as the warming spike and record-breaking temperatures in the past years were taken up by the experts. They explained how extreme weather events like heat waves, floods and cyclones are caused by climate change.
The event, hosted by the Embassy together with German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) was very well attended by Indian researchers and scientists from the field of climate change. It was followed by an intensive Q&A session. Later Ambassador Dr Martin Ney hosted a networking reception for the guests at his residence.