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Discussion > Live Events/Talks : Climate Change etc. Autumn 2013

- There are a few science & literature festivals which feature talks about climate related affairs. I have a list I have collected and will post here.
- Questions are important, cos due to grant bias speakers might be reluctant to leave the consensus meme, but are often willing to answer questions honestly (well the scientists not the activists). So I find it is good to have pen and paper so you can write your CLEAR question. All too often people who try to ask a question off the cuff end up rambling and no one listens.

(maybe best to keep this thread for listing the events and open separate thread if you wish to discuss an event)

Aug 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Wirksworth Festival 2013 : Event : Wind Turbines or Eco-Scams? Thurs 19 Sept 7.30pm - Join the debate at the Hope & Anchor - free
"Is this Government only half as stupid about solar panels as the last? Are "green" activists themselves climate change deniers? Come along, argue back, join the singing." ... that's all the info they give

- Derbyshire 13 miles north of Derby and 4 miles from Matlock, Wirksworth offers both beautiful countryside and a charming local history.

Aug 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Ilkley Literature Festival
- Can We Still Trust the BBC? Robin Aitken (his 2007 book)
Thu 10 Oct 7.30pm Ilkley Playhouse
- Aitken, who spent 25 years as a BBC journalist, has gathered evidence to claim that the broadcaster's news and current affairs departments are run and staffed predominantly by liberal lefties. The result, he says, is an output biased in favour of Europe, immigration, abortion and public spending, and - wait for it - is anti-American, anti-Israel and pro-Republican in Northern Ireland.

The scandals that rocked the BBC impacted on all aspects of the corporation. In the light of revelations about Jimmy Savile, Robin Aitken, a BBC reporter and executive for 25 years, asks what trust we can have in our national broadcaster. He paints a vivid picture of life inside the news machine and Light Entertainment department, arguing the scandals are rooted in long-standing lapses and shortcomings. £8/6.

- ACTIVIST George Monbiot: Feral
Thu 17 Oct 7.30pm Craiglands Hotel
"Making use of remarkable scientific discoveries, he lays out a new, positive environmentalism, where nature is allowed to find its own way, showing how rewilding could repair the living planet. £8/6."

- ACTIVIST Exploring Climate Change: Mike Hulme
Fri 18 Oct 7.30pm Ilkley Playhouse Exploring Climate Change: Mike Hulme Science at the Cutting Edge 174. Ilkley Playhouse Wharfeside 7.30–8.30pm Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change at University of East Anglia, has studied the subject for over 25 years, advising numerous NGOs, government bodies and private companies. Tonight he lays bare the relationship between climate change, science, policy, controversy, religion, ethics and the imagination, identifying how climate change has altered the world in the last quarter century. £6/4.

Aug 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Monday 14th October. (activist ?)
Talk by Sir Graham Watson MEP. This will include his work as chair of UK charity Climate Parliament. Organised by Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon. Details tbc. Climate Parliament: "The UN's consensus negotiating method is limited, as it can be blocked by any major nation or small group of nations. While diplomats and governments continue to negotiate, the Climate Parliament Council believes that legislators should also pursue a parallel track: to build our way out of the climate problem. We have all the technologies we need to enable a rapid transition to renewable energy. We also have the knowledge that we need to preserve the rainforests. What we need now is new legislation and financial incentives to get the appropriate technologies and systems deployed. The Climate Parliament is creating a strategy for Clean Power for All (or see this 2-page summary). This is a strategy for global political action to help save the planet. It is a strategy that would result in a faster transition away from fossil fuels to the use of renewable resources in energy production. It is a strategy in which no nation is able to block international progress. This strategy calls on those state and national legislators who are genuinely concerned about climate change, energy security or peak oil to work together to take effective worldwide action. Legislators have the power to solve the climate problem by passing legislation in their home parliaments. They can also influence policy by speaking with presidents, prime ministers and state governors. The Climate Parliament has been created to help to help the world’s Members of Parliament and Congress to take action now." I might pop along to see what all this is about. Advance notice received from Wiltshire Council's ECO team in their Community Environment News. Good to see our Council Tax wasted.

..first posted by Grumpy

Aug 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Paul Matthews listed : August 17th ScienceOnline Climate in Washington, DC from August 15-17, 2013!
- you've missed it , but you'll find Green's flying to Climate Conferences every week search Twitter using #GreensGoByAir

Aug 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

12th-15th September Heritage Open Days, England’s largest grassroots heritage event

Thursday 12th September: Eco friendly - Manor Park Halls of Residence Guildford, Surrey
Find out how you can save energy in your home by viewing local eco-friendly properties. This is a great opportunity to ask owners about the energy saving measures they have installed, how it has affected the comfort of their properties and fuel bills. Low energy technologies featured include: solar thermal hot water panels; solar photovoltaic (electricity generating) panels; air source heat pump; combined heat and power unit; Heat Recovery system

similarly many green & Eco-Centres are open e.g.
- Orbis Energy Centre Wilde Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1XH This green business hub
- East Green Energy Eco Demonstration Showroom 26 Quayside , Woodbridge , Suffolk, IP12 1BH
- SuperHome Open Day- Nayland 21 Stoke Road, Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4JD
- Green Park Wind Turbine - Turbine Tour Wind Turbine, Green Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6GP
etc.etc. I googled "Eco" .. it gave me about 200 places .. "green" also gives hundreds

- Bury’s Secret Power Plant Thursday 12th September:
- Bolton's Secret Power Plant Thursday 12th September:
- Linton Falls Hydroelectric Power Project Linton, Grassington, North Yorkshire, BD23 5LB
- The Museum of Power 14-15th Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QA
- Transforming Waste in Oxfordshire Viridor, Ardley Landfill Site, Ardley Farm Fields, Ardley, Oxfordshire, OX27 7PH

Aug 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

There maybe an Anti-fracking Event soon at St Austell .. someone has planning permission
from paragragh 2.2
" ..Drilling these deep wells will be carried out by a large land-based drilling rig (circa 1500 – 2000 HP model) using conventional oilfield-based technology. The practicalities of drilling these deep wells means that the drilling and associated operations have to be undertaken 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (see figure 1)."

2.3 "...The creation of the underground reservoir will involve injecting a large volume of water (up to 30,000 m3) at relatively high flow rates (up to 100 l/s) into the openhole section of the well to open natural fractures within the granite..."

Aug 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

- 7th to 12th September Newcastle British Science Festival

MON 9 SEPT, 12.30 - 13.30
ENGINEERING THE CLIMATE Discover some of the viable technologies for controlling the climate – known as geoengineering. These include Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) by sequestering CO2 and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) by putting particles into the stratosphere. Venue: Spence Watson Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University Organised by: University of Cambridge ALL ADULTS FREE: BOOKING REQUIRED

MON 9 SEPT MON 9 SEPT, 14.00 - 15.00
CORAL REEFS AND THE GRIM REAPER Coral reefs harbour hundreds of micro-organisms in their tissues and on their surface, including many species of bacteria, viruses, fungi and ciliates. Join marine biologist Michael Sweet to explore ways of identifying the good, the bad and the ugly. Venue: Stage 2, Northern Stage Organised by: British Science Association AGE 14+ FREE: BOOKING REQUIRED

MON 9 SEPT, 15.30 - 17.30
FUKUSHIMA TWO YEARS ON: THE REAL STORY The incident at Fukushima following the tsunami of March 2011 left behind it a trail of confusion and misinformation. Two years on, we now have the benefit of hindsight to evaluate exactly what happened and bring to you the real story of Fukushima. Venue: Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Fine Art Building, Newcastle University Organised by: Physics and Astronomy Section, British Science Association

WED 11 SEPT, 14.00 - 15.00
WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR WEATHER? We’re all interested in extreme weather and the perceived recent increase in heavy rainfall and flooding which the media has blamed on global warming. Climate researcher Hayley Fowler explores what’s happening now and what to expect in the future. Venue: Stage 2, Northern Stage Organised by: British Science Association AGE 14+ FREE: BOOKING REQUIRED A W A R D L E C T U R E

WED 11 SEPT, 15.30 - 17.00
The modern world runs on sunlight stored in fossil fuels but resource and climate issues demand an alternative. This interactive talk explores how brass and brimstone can produce electricity from light waves in sunlight. Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Bedson Building, Newcastle University Organised by: Northumbria University ALL ADULTS FREE: BOOKING REQUIRED

THURS 12 SEPT, 10.30 - 11.30
The climate debate relies on models with complex formulae, solved on computers. How reliable are these models and what is the science behind them? In this event climate scientists discuss the models and invite you to debate with them. Venue: Spence Watson Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University Organised by: Mathmatical Sciences Section, British Science Association; CliMathNet, IMA Supported by: EPSRC ALL ADULTS FREE: BOOKING REQUIRED

THURS 12 SEPT, 12.30 - 14.30
The weather has taken many areas of the UK by surprise – the North East knows only too well what devastating impact weather can cause. Join us for a handson live dialogue, the results will feed into a current government public dialogue project.
Venue: Space 4 and 5, Culture Lab, Newcastle University Organised by: Sciencewise ALL ADULTS FREE: BOOKING REQUIRED

THURS 12 SEPT, 16.00 - 17.00
Lisa Jardine explores issues around the future of science communication, asking what its function is in society. What lessons can we learn from the past and how can we position science at the heart of a democratic society? Venue: The Civic Hall, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne Organised by: British Science Association ALL ADULTS FREE: BOOKING REQUIRED NOTE she's a historian "scientist" so thinks skeptics are confused (see Radio4 Fourthought prog)

MON 9 SEPT, 18.00 - 19.00
It’s exactly 300 years since steam engines started pumping water from mines on Tyneside. On this anniversary, join scientist and popular author Matt Ridley to remember to celebrate the good things fossil fuels have done, as well as bemoaning the bad.
Venue: The Literary and Philosophical Society Organised by: The Literary and Philosophical Society ALL ADULTS £6.00

THURS 12 SEPT, 18.00 - 19.00
STAR SPEAKER: MARTIN REES CLIMATE ACTIVIST has said some really mad catastrophe predicitions before
Join the Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees, to explore what the future will look like in 2050 and beyond. Venue: Stage 1, Northern Stage Organised by: British Science Association
ALL ADULTS £11.00 CONCS, £9.00: To book, or call 0191 230 5151

Aug 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

- Battle of Ideas 2013
19 & 20 October London - or £100 or £55 for members (plus £60 membership)

Science journalism: the tyranny of evidence?

What is 'new environmentalism'?

Grow your own? The urban agriculture revolution

Technology and sustainability: kill or cure?

Aug 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Some other festivals may have Climate Discussions (Programs not yet out)
..strangely they all overlap

Cambridge Festival of Ideas Wed 23 October - Sun 3 November

Manchester Science Festival Thursday, 24 October, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, 3 November, 2013 (All day) All across Manchester Manchester Science Festival is an annual nine-day, multi-venue festival that engages and inspires people with science, building their confidence in exploring and questioning science in the most creative ways possible.

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2013 - 25th – 27th October 2013 Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival of Ideas, returns to Sage Gateshead from for a weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and drama. London (Program not yet out)

Aug 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

oops link to Ilkley Literature Festival
4-20th October

Download the 2013 Ilkley Literature Festival Programme now (.pdf 3.3 MB)

Aug 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

5 September Energy Day BBC Radio 5 Live
- They plan to operate only on renewables that day
"Renewable energy will power BBC’s live news and sport radio station 5Live on Energy Day on 5 September in Manchester, England, to highlight concerns over how the UK will meet binding climate targets in the coming years. "

- they think their entire operation is 2 amps ?
"5Live has contingency plans in place, just in case the renewable energy sources fail to deliver the estimated 2 amps of power the station needs to remain operational." ... I bet they mean KiloAmps 2000Amps. I don't think they really power the entire IT system lighting aircon, kettle, fridge, phone system off 2 plugs. Perhaps they mean just the actual studio not what is just the other side of the glass. (2 amps X 240volts = 480Watts .. 1 kettle is 1200W)
Their transmitter network probably run into millions of watts of consumption
e.g. At the historic (1929) Brookmans Park site there's one London transmitter "This site is now operated by Arquiva for the BBC (BBC Radio 5, 909 kHz in the London area) " transmitter output 50Kw new tech has 90% efficiency so that's about 56Kw consumption. 23 transmitters using upto 225KW each

- 5 Live are not very good at doing any research so I expect they'll spend all day just reading off press releases from Activists and the Renewable Subsidy Solar PV Wind mafia. So it would be good if someone gets them to air some skeptics and real engineers that day, who don't have a financial stake.

Aug 23, 2013 at 7:36 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

you can be on the show
5th September 8am Thursday : The Piazza, MediaCity Manchester

Hosted by Nicky Campbell, the Energy Secretary Ed Davey MP will be answering questions from callers and the audience as we explore a topic that polarises opinion.

In addition, you can see how 5 live has accepted the challenge of keeping a studio on air, powered exclusively by renewable energy for 12 hours from 7am to 7pm.

Minimum age: 16
Maximum tickets per request: 4 Media City

Activity on the piazza throughout the day will include; a human hamster wheel, see saws and exercise bikes all generating kinetic energy, chip fat being harnessed from the BBC canteen to create biofuel and a mini energy grid which is being built on the piazza especially for the day. Members of the public are welcome to come down to the piazza at Media City to see and observe all the day’s activities.

Aug 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

I note some churnalists are writing the shows and talk will be "clean power" , they need to know that wind and solar PV power are not clean ! What about manufacture and end of life disposal ?
.. lots of dirty holes in China for the magnet metals etc.

Full rundown for the day click that link to BBC
- Taking place on Thursday 5 September, Energy Day sees BBC Radio 5 live creating a platform for the national energy debate to be discussed in a new and innovative way

"By 2020 a quarter of the UK’s power supply will be shut down, with power stations either closing or coming to the end of their natural life. The Government are currently looking at solutions to fill this energy gap, as without a coherent plan Britain will see blackouts happening more frequently and for longer periods. Radio 5 live are focusing a day of programming to look at options to fill this gap, while also continuing to deliver all the day’s news and general programming.

For a full 12 hours, a BBC Radio 5 live studio will be powered by renewable energy (solar, wind, kinetic, biofuel) and a full day of programming will be dedicated to the energy debate."

Interactive energy harnessing taking place on the MediaCity piazza – including chip fat from the BBC canteen, wind turbines and kinetic energy from a human hamster wheel."

- 7am ‘switch on’ in 5 live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden. Breakfast welcomes Ed Davey MP and Caroline Flint MP
- Ed Davey MP will also take questions and hear opinions from a live audience within the outside studio

- (There's a big gap here ..What happens on the 10am show ?)
- 12pm, Shelagh Fogarty and Dominic Laurie host a consumer team energy prices special; hearing from Britain’s biggest energy companies, ..will help to explain your bills.

- 2pm Richard Bacon (Fully Brainwashed) show will be powered by the pedal as exercise bikes are set up in the piazza for guests such as Olympic cyclist, Chris Boardman, members of the public, and Richard himself to ‘hop-on’.

- 4pm, Peter Allen and Anna Foster present 5 live Drive which will take an in depth look at the news and politics around the energy debate including the ongoing issues around nuclear power and fracking. UNLESS THERE IS NEWS ABOUT SOME CELEBRITY

- 6pm -7pm round off the day with a live panel debate taking place in the last hour of Drive with UK’s energy experts. WHO ? ACTIVISTS ?

Aug 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

move on from the 5 Live shindig to "Question the expert warmists event"
6-8pm 5th Sept also in Manchester, Renold building, University of Manchester
Title: Meeting the climate change: Is a low carbon energy future possible?
Date: 5 September 2012 2013

Take part in a free public debate on the most challenging issue of the 21st Century.
The Bish posted a thread here

Aug 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

The Green Energy party continues ..stay in Manchester for another event the next day
Friday 6th September - The British Energy Challenge - Manchester Exhibition Fri, 06/09/2013 - 09:00 to 17:00
(FEATURING all your favourite subsidy grabbers & govt departments)

Attend The British Energy Challenge free exhibition and find out about energy generation, renewable technologies, climate change and how you can save energy and cut costs.
Visit the stands of local and national organisations with interactive demonstrations, career opportunity advice and energy saving tips. Check out an electric car, visit the Met Office TV studio, see a working model of a marine current turbine and step inside a zero-carbon house! See below for full list of exhibitors confirmed for Manchester.

- The Register page .. lists all the gov dept's & subsidy grabbers attending
- No doubt some PR agency has come up with the brainwashing FRAMING; a false dichotomy : "Should we do more to cut demand or rely more on increasing and decarbonising the energy supply" waiting for validated evidence & keeping the status quo OR waiting for fusion OR mitiging action like CCS OR geo-engineering
are to be kept from thought

Aug 26, 2013 at 11:55 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

The British Energy ChallengeExhibition continues
10th September : Bristol
20th September : Newcastle
...see above posting

Aug 26, 2013 at 11:55 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen


Wow, this is quite a compilation ... One of the highlights that I'm sorry I won't get to see (unless there's a video of the event!) is Mike Hulme's presentation at Ilkley (moor bar t'at?!) on Fri. Oct. 18. This is quite a remarkable billing:

Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change at University of East Anglia, has studied the subject for over 25 years, advising numerous NGOs, government bodies and private companies. Tonight he lays bare the relationship between climate change, science, policy, controversy, religion, ethics and the imagination, identifying how climate change has altered the world in the last quarter century. [emphasis added -hro]

Climate change has "altered the world" already??!! OMG, what will all the "save the planet-eers" do now, eh?!

But speaking of videos ... you had also noted:

Paul Matthews listed : August 17th ScienceOnline Climate in Washington, DC from August 15-17, 2013!

One of the plenary sessions (for the perennially "science communication" perplexed) featured Dan Kahan on stage with Michael Mann - at his misrepresenting best, of course - and the USGRP's Tom Armstrong in a "panel discussion" [with questions from the audience] on "Credibility, Trust, Goodwill, and Persuasion" in climate science communication.

YMMV, but I cannot think of two more unlikely candidates to be proffering their "expertise" on this subject than Kahan and Mann (particularly the latter!) Those who wish to subject themselves to repeated (unchallenged) assaults on truth, logic and reason may do so by following this link to the livestream video of the event.

Aug 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

Royal Meteorological Society's Second Amateur Meteorologists' Conference
Friday 13 September 2013 - Sunday 15 September 2013
likely all WARMIST PROPAGANDA : e.g. Climate Change Question Time panel on 14 Sep 6pm 2013

- wow all on the panel are raving warmist activists "Chair Dr Peter Stott, Met Office Hadley Centre. Panel members to include: Prof Jo Haigh, Imperial College and President Royal Meteorological Society, Prof Julia Slingo, Met Office, Dr Ed Hawkins, University of Reading and Dr Richard Allan, University of Reading."

Aug 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Pity no skeptics went to the BBC 5 Live thing .. Or were they screened at the door ?

.. I will be going upto Newcastle on Saturday for a week of the British Science Festival

Sep 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2013
The programme is out. This year’s festival theme is “Who’s In Control?”, but there is NOTHING ABOUT ENVIRONMENT. in the 20 talks
Sage Gateshead on 25, 26 and 27 October for a weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and performance.

- only 1 talk has a vague connection
Controlling the Countryside
Sunday 27th October, 2013. 3.45pm - 4.45pm.
Do our decision makers understand the countryside? When people talk about preserving the countryside – what are they preserving?
Simon Thurley is the Chief Executive of English Heritage

- as listed above there are some climate talks at the Ilkley Literature 4-20 October

Sep 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Fracking lecture @ Newcastle, Institute of Mining
6pm Thursday 21st November 2013

ShaleGas - Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) - Prof. RIchard Davies, Director of Durham Energy Institute, Dept. of Earth Sciences Durham University

Sep 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen