Age of extinction? How climate change causes biodiversity loss and what we can do about it

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 20 July


The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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As the climate has heated over the last century, species extinction has rapidly accelerated. From increased forest fires to rising sea levels, flora, fauna and fungi are all under threat from the effects of human-induced climate change. 

However, just as the changing climate is causing biodiversity loss, so protecting biodiversity can help us mitigate and adapt to climate change. For example, keeping carbon locked up in peat bogs and seagrasses will slow global heating, and maintaining healthy ecosystems will make them more resilient to climate change. 

Join a panel of experts as they discuss the effects the changing climate has had on the world’s species, and how we can protect biodiversity in the face of this global challenge.

This event is part of our new series on the climate crisis in partnership with the Grantham Institute.

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About the speakers

Angeline Chen is the Co-Founder of Global Coralition. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations and Affairs from the University of California San Diego.

Tilly Collins is a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London. She publishes regularly on aspects of Urban Ecology, Entomology and Sustainability.

Nicola Davies is an English zoologist and writer. She was one of the original presenters of the BBC children's wildlife programme The Really Wild Show. More recently, she has made her name as a children's author.

Sahana Ghosh is a Contributing Editor with Mongabay India, the India bureau of the global news platform She switched gears from studying microbiology to practising journalism in 2012 and now reports on biodiversity, climate change, environmental health and gender. She is the coordinating editor for Beyond Protected Areas and Natural Climate Solutions special reporting projects at Mongabay.

The event will be introduced by Zitouni Ould-Dada. Zitouni is currently Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome.


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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