Environment

Environment Events

14 January, 2015 - The Natural Grid

Time: 18:00:00 - 19:30:00

David Weight introduces a project that might help manage UK water shortages by using a gravity-driven supply carried by canal from the north to the south following a natural contour. The ambition is to create a long-distance supply that could carry water from where it is abundant, to where there are shortages. By following a contour that amazingly runs all the way from north to south, and by incorporating a slight fall in altitude along the course, water can be moved by gravity alone without pumping. Although the conveyed water could serve water companies along the route it could also carry water cooled high voltage power cables far cheaper than an undersea cable.David Weight will discuss the multiple other additional benefits from the scheme. Part of TEP Spring Seminar Series – Get in touch with the Thames

Location: Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31–34 Gordon Square, London, WC1

Contact: Adam Guy

Email: adam.guy@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 76798 855

22 January, 2015 - Addressing the joint challenges of climate change and food security

Time: 17:30:00 - 19:30:00

Organised by Built Environment - The Bartlett

Feeding 9–10 billion people by 2050 and preventing dangerous climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Both challenges must be met while reducing the impact of land management on ecosystem services that deliver vital goods and services, and support human health and well-being. While supply-side mitigation measures, such as changes in land management, might either enhance or negatively impact food security, demand-side mitigation measures, such as reduced waste or demand for livestock products, should benefit both food security and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation. Demand-side measures offer a greater potential (1.5–15.6 Gt CO2-eq. yr-1) in meeting both challenges than do supply-side measures (1.5–4.3 Gt CO2-eq. yr-1 at carbon prices between 20 and 100 US$ tCO2-eq. yr-1), but given the enormity of challenges, all options need to be considered. Supply-side measures should be implemented immediately, focusing on those that allow the production of more agricultural

Location: Room G01, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0NN

Contact: Kiran Dhillon

Email: k.dhillon@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)203 108 5935