Minsheng Lecture: Reverse Earth System - Climate Change? Let’s talk about it!

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Minsheng Lecture

Weather is part of the Earth and has always been. It was part of what humans thought they couldn’t impact on, let alone destroy. But now we do. The possibility of weather control directly related to war. Controlling the weather information could lead to the fatal difference between winner and loser.

Weather control was mostly applied to agriculture as a means of combating drought through seeding clouds with dry ice or silver iodide. But scientists had even bigger ambitions, like during the Cold War time, scientists proposed dropping nuclear bombs on ice sheets to make them slide into the ocean and spread arctic temperatures to extended earthsurface. Such super science project, also called Geo-engineering, provide the climate problems on Earth a Quick Fix, is also fascinating and scaring to imagine the future of our planet.

In our exhibition The Weather War, we could follow the artists Bigert&Bergström’s manipulation on weather through actions of geo-engineering experiments. The tornado diverter that aims to stop the tornado and the Glacier Blanket that aims to save ice peak on Sweden’s highest mountain from melting. These works trigger our fascination on what exactly the geo-engineering means in combating Climate Change.

When we talk about Climate Change, when and how it started. China’s fast growing economy today has increased our living standard dramatically, but the downside of the growth are also very worrying: air pollution, environmental problems and extreme weather disasters. What can we do to improve our air quality? Can we only rely on technology to save us? Why does Arctic ice melting also concern our environment?

In collaboration with one of China’s leading science magazines for youth and children, Bo Wu, the youth edition of National Geography China, we will host a seminar where our audiences and the magazine’s readers could raise questions on Climate Change directly to the experts in this area. We are very pleased to have Mr. Ping Jiang, from the Fudan University in conversation with Ms. Iselin Stensdal, the visiting scholar of the Nordic Center FuDan University. Together, let’s talk about Climate Change!

Send your questions and solutions in regard to Climate Change and environmental related issues. Think out of the Box! Be creative! Be Crazy! There is only a fine line between a genius mind and a great idea! See you!

About Guests

Iselin Stensdal is a research fellow and director of the Global Programmeat the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. She has a Master degree in Asian Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway (2010) and also studied Chinese at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. As part of the Asi Arctic programme she covers extractive industries in the Arctic, and has also completed quantified surveys of the Asian countries' Arctic research. Her research areas include Chinese environmental and climate policy, Chinese energy security policy and Asian interest in the Arctic. Her publication includes Asian Countries and the Arctic Future ( 2016, Singapore, World Scientific Publishing). She is also a visiting scholar at the Nordic Centre Fudan University.

Dr. Ping Jiang is the Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Science & Engineering and the Director Assistant of Fudan Tyndall Centre. His research interests focus on the co-benefits of global climate change mitigation and local air pollution control policies in term of sustainable development in China. Since 2012 when he worked for Fudan University, he has undertaken studies and teaching on the low carbon sustainability, climate change, and environmental management. Before he started his job at Fudan University, he got his Ph.D of Environmentla Sciences at the University of East Anglia in England in 2010, and did his postdoc research at the United Nationa University in Japan between 2010 and 2012.

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