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    Speech “Climate: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” 09/02/2024


    Feb 2024
    Corfu Reading Society See the Map

    The Ionian University and the Reading Society of Corfu present a public discussion on the theme: “Climate: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.”


    1. Christos Zerefos, General Secretary of the Academy of Athens, Supervisor of the Center for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology Research.
    2. Kostas Synolakis, Professor and Secretary of the Class of Physical Sciences of the Academy of Athens.

    Moderator: Vicky Flessa, Journalist – Classical Philologist

    Date and Time: Friday, February 9, 2024, at 19:30 Location: Reading Society of Corfu

    Simultaneous online broadcast on the Reading Society’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChyFZ0BTA2bktfFqmCUYImQ

    Brief presentation of the topic:

    Mr. Kostas Synolakis will focus on the history of climate change science in the last 200 years and elaborate on the various opportunities humanity had to recognize risks and impacts. He will explain the climate tipping points, especially those related to the sea, and reference recent major disasters in Greece due to the climate crisis and their management. Mr. Zerefos will speak about the global concern arising from the ongoing climate destabilization.

    The presentation will highlight the warming trend in the Mediterranean and Greece, approximately by 1.5°C over the last 100 years. It will also cover the recording and highlighting of 2023 as a year during which a series of extreme weather events occurred worldwide.

    Specifically, this year’s summer was recorded as the warmest since 1900 for a large part of the terrestrial regions of the Mediterranean. High (up to 3°C) temperature anomalies were also observed in the sea surface temperature in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, resulting in extreme forest fires and heavy rainfall.

    The estimates for future climate changes in Greece suggest a further increase in average temperature by 3.0°C (RCP 4.5) / 5.0°C (RCP 8.5) by 2100, and a continued decrease in average rainfall during the wet period in Greece by up to 15% (RCP 4.5) / 30% (RCP 8.5) in the southern parts of Greece by 2100.

    The models also estimate an increase in extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts, and destructive forest fires.



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