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Science Odyssey Presents: The Climate Clock

Monday, May 15, 2017 –
Friday, May 19, 2017 (all day)

This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
De Seve Cinema

Room Foyer




Many experts believe that once the earth's average temperature passes the threshold of 2° above pre-industrial averages, it will represent an irreversible point in global warming.

Past this point, extreme weather and rising seas will create myriad hardships for life on earth.

If you look online and in the media, it’s very hard to find a good reference for when this will actually happen. Presently, the 1.5 and 2°C targets float abstractly in the public mind. The Climate Clock acts as a public line in the sand which says, “We will pass this point on this date.” The clock acts as a measuring stick by which we can evaluate our progress.

Each year the clock will be stopped. A group of leading climate scientists from around the world will evaluate the latest data, and will restart the clock with a new time. We will be able to see how we are doing in relation to 1.5 and 2°C. Have we gained or lost time?

Humanity has the power to add time to the clock, but only if we work collectively and measure our progress against defined targets. Come to Concordia to check the time.

Human Impact Lab produced the Climate Clock in collaboration with Damon Matthews, Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair (Climate Science and Sustainability).

Language: English 
Admission: public free
Age group: all ages

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