The Edinburgh Science Festival is all but shunning global warming this year - just as they did last year. The only mention I can find in the just-released programme for 2013 is this, quite breathtakingly dull-sounding discussion panel:
FAITH IN THE FUTURE: THE CHURCH AND OUR ENVIRONMENT
We cannot combat the effects of climate change without altering how we behave. With 2000 years of experience in guiding our faith and behaviour, what role could the church have to play in the future of our environment? Lesley Riddoch chairs a fascinating panel discussion with Professor Michael Northcott from the University of Edinburgh, Professor Stephen Reicher from The University of St Andrews, Dr Rebekah Widdowfield from the Scottish Government and Morag Wilson from WWF Scotland.
6pm (90 minutes) • £8/£6 • Teviot Row Dining Room
Presented by Eco-Congregation Scotland.
There is also this, which doesn't mention climate but does feature Chris Rapley. I just can't guess what his dangerous idea might be.
MY DANGEROUS IDEA
The history of science is full of discoveries considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time but which later became accepted – think Darwin and Copernicus for starters! But what are today’s most dangerous ideas? Join a selection of previous Edinburgh Medal recipients – including neurobiologist Professor Colin Blakemore and UCL’s Professor of Climate Science Professor Chris Rapley – as they share with you their dangerous ideas in a rare chance to hear from some of the most provocative minds in science.
8pm (90 minutes) • £10/£8 • Teviot Row Debating Hall.
I think I'll give it a miss.