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Book Club: Climate Armageddon – The Science and the Fiction
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Book Club: Climate Armageddon – The Science and the Fiction
Required Reading:
The Madhouse Effect by Michael Mann & Tom Toles
Thirsty Animals by Rachelle Atalla

“I wonder where in the nine circles [of Hell] Dante [Alighieri in Divina Commedia] would place all of us who are borrowing against this Earth in the name of economic growth, accumulating an environmental debt by burning fossil fuels, the consequences of which will be left for our children and grandchildren to bear.” (Marcia McNutt: Editor of the journal Science)

As responsible global citizens, it behooves all of us to be quite clear how dire the situation is, and why we are where we are, still obstructed every step of the way by “climate deniers” (and who they are). Hence, the book “The Madhouse Effect” by Professor Michael E. Mann and political cartoonist Tom Toles, is written in clear language for the intelligent layperson and richly illustrated with humour.

And if that’s not enough to shock you from any remaining complacency try this beautifully written “Cli.Fi.” (short for climate fiction) - “Thirsty Animals” by Rachelle Atalla – where brothers are pitched against brothers in a terrifying land-drying up due to global warming.



Host: Mr. Peter Lai 黎慶寧先生 (Honorary Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU)
Dates:17/2, 24/2, 2/3, 23/3/2024 (Sat)
Time:15:00 – 17:30
Venue:GE Gatherland 240 (MB240, 2/F, Main Building, HKU)
Fee:$200 (Enrolled students will receive the paperback edition of both books. A deposit of $100 will be refunded upon full attendance.)
Quota: 10
Registration: https://onlinepytsysprd.feo.hku.hk/event/110736?code=1843ee66939f4a25b9c1c3ecdbfeb60a 

Registration starts on 18 Jan (Thu) at 10:00.



Schedule:
Date Time Venue
17 Feb 2024 15:00 - 17:30 GE Gatherland 240
24 Feb 2024 15:00 - 17:30 GE Gatherland 240
02 Mar 2024 15:00 - 17:30 GE Gatherland 240
23 Mar 2024 15:00 - 17:30 GE Gatherland 240
Bio of Instructor(s) 導師簡介:
 
 peterMr. Peter Lai 黎慶寧先生

After graduating with first-class honours at HKU in 1973, Mr. Lai joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer. From 1985 Mr. Lai was almost continuously engaged in Sino-British negotiations on the future arrangements for Hong Kong and was appointed a Member of the Sino-British Land Commission (1991 – 1994). In late 1994 he was appointed the first 'local' Secretary for Security of the Hong Kong Government. He left the civil service on 1 August 1998. Mr. Lai is an Honorary Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU.