FCUP and Casa das Ciências dedicate a conference to climate change

FCUP and Casa das Ciências dedicate a conference to climate change

THE House of Sciences and Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) they are jointly organizing a conference on climate changewhich will see the participation of researchers from the north to the south of the country.

The event, scheduled May 4thwill contain a series of speeches, face to facebut broadcast online, by free access.

One of the lessons will be held at FCUP by Orfeo Bertolamilecturer at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and will have as theme “The Physics of Climate Change”.

“We will discuss some aspects of climate variability and a new approach to understanding them, with particular emphasis on the role of human activities in the issue of climate change. We will also present some proposals to stimulate the restoration of ecosystems ”, reads the description of the lesson.

Orfeu Bertolami, of FCUP, will be one of the speakers of the lessons.

In addition to the FCUP professor, they also participate in the Filipe Duarte Santos, of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Luis Victor Duarteof the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Carmen Diego Goncalvesof the Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto e Joao Ribeiro Mendes, from the Department of Philosophy of the University of Minho.

In registrations for the lessons, addressed to all the interested public and also to secondary and high school students, they are open until April 28th.

“Acting is urgent”

This conference is part of a context in which the consequences of climate change are increasingly felt.

“The scientific community, which has been studying causes and effects for several years, does not yet have a consensus on the causes, although apparently no one will deny the effects. One thing is certain: action is urgent, especially at the political and socio-economic level, ”he says. João Nuno Tavaresdirector of the Casa das Ciências and professor in the Mathematics Department of the FCUP.

The professor also notes that “the scientific community can and must play a decisive role in defining policies that guarantee a sustainable planet and economy for future generations”.

This week, the United Nations declared that climate change they are putting one third of the world’s natural heritage sites and one sixth of the world’s cultural heritage at risk.