The Importance of Sustainable Mobility to Carbon Reduction
(Dr Andrew Seedhouse, Director of Transport, Sustainable Earth Institute)
The UK is signed up to the Paris Agreement for reduction CO2 emissions. Transport within the UK represents around 24% of our total CO2 output and car-based road transport is responsible for over 90% of this.
The talk will explore the UK's approach to sustainable mobility and how far we need to go to reduce our emissions to the agreed target levels – are our green solutions, really green at all? We will explore how we have structured the UK's delivery of sustainable transport and whether this is a help or hindrance.
The talk will conclude by looking at what individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprint associated with transport. The talk has been prepared to support themes associated with the Human Geography syllabus.
Minerals and Metals for a Sustainable Future – Where Will They Come From?
(Dr Michelle Harris, Associate Professor in Earth Sciences)
To deliver a sustainable future and to transition our energy landscape to green, renewable resources, we require an extraordinary amount of minerals and metals.
This talk will outline the resource demand, ask the question ‘can mining be sustainable?’ and look at projects being developed in the South West that are hoping to deliver local supply chains for some key metals needed for a sustainable future.
The Cost of Gold
(Dr Alison Turner, Lecturer in Chemistry and Environmental Geochemistry)
Pollution from widespread, small scale gold mining can have devastating consequences for the local environment and its people. Here we explore the cultural, chemical and environmental challenges associated with the extraction of gold from low-grade reserves in Ghana, West Africa.