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Press Release - 27 September 2007

Free public lecture: the climate change debate

The complexities of climate change will be discussed at a free public lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon, on Wednesday 10 October.

Reverend Professor Ian James will question whether climate change is a challenge or swindle and present some of the certainties, complexities and controversies from the science of climate change.

“The prospect of the Earth’s climate changing as a result of human activity is a challenging scientific problem,” said Reverend James. “But the implications go far beyond science, with commercial interests and political lobbies having strong views about the scientific outcomes they wish to see. Should humanity act? Or is the discussion premature and overblown?”

Reverend James holds a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Manchester and works at the University of Reading’s Department of Meteorology of Reading. His research interests focus on the circulation of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets.

He was ordained priest in the Anglican Church in 2003 and currently serves in the Winkfield Benefice. He also acts as Environment Advisor to the Bishop of Oxford.

The event is held in association with Swindon Churches Together and is the first in a series of lectures for the public running to the end of November.

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the University hall at the Oakfield campus.

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