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REF NO.: 150

SUBJECT: Public lecture about the local and national effects of climate change

DATE: Feb. 4

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University will host a public lecture on Thursday, Feb. 5, to talk about the local and national effects of climate change.

Bob Sandford, chair, EPCOR Utilities Inc., Water and Climate Security, United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment and Health, and Ken Snelgrove, civil engineering professor with Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, will talk about the changing hydrologic cycle and its consequences.

You don’t need to be a scientist to figure out that our weather is becoming erratic. Rain storms, ice storms and snow storms can seriously impact transportation and electricity distribution systems. Both high and low temperature records are being broken. Cold snaps are persisting, snow is falling in places and in volumes seldom witnessed before, flooding is occurring widely and droughts are lasting for years.

This lively, highly illustrated presentation will explain in non-scientific language how changes in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere are energizing the global hydrological cycle and what we can do to adapt to these changes.

This Speaking of Engineering lecture series, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University and the Professional

Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the Engineering building’s Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre, room EN-2006, on Memorial’s St. John’s campus. Admission is free.

Parking is available in lot 16. All are welcome. Reception will follow.

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For further information, please contact Jackey Locke, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, at (709) 864-8287, 691-5027 or


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