All lectures will be held at 18:30h
“The sixth great extinction is already in progress”, “Every year human beings are using up resources that are equivalent to 1½ planets”, “Since 1970 the Earth has lost over half of its wild animal species”, “The giraffe is under threat after losing 40% of its population in 30 years”, “The Arctic catastrophe”, “How to feed 10 million people in 2050”, “The consumer society is wiping out biodiversity”, “An iceberg 5,500 km2 in size is about to break off from the Antarctic continent”, “Living within 50 m of a motorway increases the risk of dementia by 7%”.
These news headlines from the last few months of 2016 highlight the ever-increasing impact of human activity on the environment and nature in general, in all its spheres. This impact is reaching previously unimagined levels, never before seen in history. Its consequences will take place at all levels, to the extent that it has brought about what is being described in the scientific world as a new geological age that has been called the Anthropocene, a term about which different viewpoints exist.
Science is studying this impact from different perspectives, given that the planet’s sustainability and, therefore, that of humanity itself is being called increasingly into question.
“Science on Monday” aims to examine this problem through this series of lectures that will be exploring the extent and the human impact on land, water and the atmosphere. Lastly, these lectures will be stressing the idea that scientific knowledge may well be one of the best instruments with which to organise policies and actions of all kinds in order to halt or, at least, attempt to change the effects of this impact.
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