The Ecology and Conservation Studies Society presents a free spring lecture series during Spring 2017 that addresses the effects on nature of our production and use of energy. They will take place on six Friday evenings, 10th February to 17th March, 18:30 to 20:00 in lecture Theatre B34, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Street. Details are set out in the downloadable pdf file below.
The last lecture will be given by Prof Stephen Hawkins, who studied the Torry Canyon Oil spill. On the morning of Saturday 18 March 1967, the Torrey Canyon ran aground on Pollard’s Rock between Land’s End and the Isles of Scilly and Stephen will be off down there the day after giving his lecture for the 50th anniversary event. At the other end of the scale, the effects of renewable energy production will be covered. Lucy Wright of the RSPB will look at wind farms and David Howard will consider energy crops. The lectures also look at the pervasive effects of road traffic air pollution on natural habitats, lichens as indicators of air pollution and, inevitably, fracking.