This evening I went to a free lecture at the Royal Society in London. A lecture entitled Continental loss: the quest to determine Antarctica’s contribution to sea-level change, https://royalsociety.org/events/2015/04/continental-loss/ given by an excellent speaker, Professor Matt A King of Tasmania University. It was well presented and is on a subject of great importance. Despite that the hall was only about a third full and that is in a city of 7 to 8 million people. Perhaps they will only wake up when the water is up to their ankles because the Thames Barrier has been overrun by the actual change. We should be afraid not of the uncertainty in the measurements but in the lack of measurements and what we are missing by not having said measurements. It’s coming, it’s just a question of when and with it will come exodus and migration as our ever growing human population tries to move away from the problems of our own making.
I was very fortunate to arrive early enough to get a seat at the Gresham College lecture held at the Museum of London on the 25th of March. It was the second time that I have been able to listen to Steve Jones give a lecture and what an amazing speaker this man is. If you get a chance to hear him speak take it. If you are lucky to be at University and he is giving a lecture then you are a very lucky person.