“The Poles are warming up. Why should we care?”

Fast melting sea ice and glaciers, impact on natural resources, sea routes and local populations, sweeter and warmer waters, changing wind patterns: the climate in Polar regions is showing signs of fast changes. Far away from the Poles, our regions are witnessing similar patterns. Close to us, the Alps, which form the “third” vertical Pole are heavily impacted by the same trends. Glaciers are melting fast, thereby questioning patterns in energy production and ecological systems, and rock formations are becoming more unstable because of a melting permafrost.

Echoing the World Environment Day, the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation and the Swiss Polar Institute are hosting an evening debate event to explore with a panel of experts the pressing matters of the Poles’ general warming.

For this debate we are delighted to welcome experts on polar issues with Konrad Steffen (Scientific Director of the Swiss Polar Institute), David Walton (Chief Scientist on ACE expedition, British Antarctic Survey), Mike Sparrow (Senior Scientific Officer, World Climate Research Programme and former Executif Director of Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research), Michael Lehning (specialist on snow and ice, Prof. EPFL / WSL Davos) and Iris Thurnherr (ETH Zurich).

The event will take place on Thursday 7 June 2018 from 17:30 to 19:00, in BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA building in Geneva – Place de Hollande 2.

If you wish to participate to the event, please contact us at secretariat.spi@epfl.ch before 25 May 2018.