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"A Vet's Guide to Climate Change"

12th February 2020, 8pm

Presented by David Reay

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About the webinar

Climate change is an existential threat to life on earth. As global emissions and average temperatures rise, there is an urgent need to reduce emissions in all sectors in order to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. Veterinary surgeons occupy an extraordinary niche at the animal-human-environment interface, with the potential to help mitigate climate impacts of veterinary practices, animal agriculture and the pet industry. In this webinar, Professor Dave Reay, Chair in Carbon Management and Education at the University of Edinburgh, will discuss the latest climate science and reflect on the role of veterinary professionals in driving solutions to climate change. This webinar is brought to you in association with Vet Sustain, a platform for driving sustainability policy and practice in the veterinary profession.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of the webinar are to:

• To define climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
• To understand the current trajectory of climate change and the aims set out in the Paris Agreement
• To understand the drivers of climate change in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and sinks
• To appreciate the role of animal protein production in climate change and relevance to the sectors we influence
• To understand the opportunities for vets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in veterinary practice, and in farm and companion animal husbandry
• To understand climate change impacts and mitigation through individual action

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About the speaker

David Reay

Dave Reay studied Marine Biology at Liverpool University and graduated in 1994. He went on to gain a PhD with the British Antarctic Survey and Essex University studying the response of Southern Ocean algae and bacteria to global warming. After gaining his doctorate he continued working as a post-doc at Essex, investigating the impact of land-use on the soil methane sink. In 2001 he moved to Edinburgh University to investigate emissions of the greenhouse gas 'nitrous oxide' from agriculture, then carbon fluxes in forests, and went on to become a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Fellow examining greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands and agriculture. In 2008 Dave became the university's first lecturer in carbon management and became a senior lecturer in 2009, a Reader in 2013, and was appointed Chair in Carbon Management & Education in 2014. He is designer and editor of the climate change science website Greenhouse Gas Online and of the Southern Ocean: Antarctic Seas and Wildlife website.

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