London International Youth Science Forum - Day eight

London International Youth Science Forum - Day eight

Youni Nip

By sampling the ocean floor, scientists use foraminifera to determine the amount of carbon dioxide in the past

Today we learned about how to adapt to our warming world. The oceans are affected due to acidification and rising sea levels. Are we ready to react when the oceans swallow massive coastlines and destroy corals? Possibly not.

There has always been a debate to whether global warming really exists. Some claim that the global temperatures have been fluctuating due to natural climate changes. But statistically it is proven that carbon dioxide emission is at its all-time highest at least for 500,000 years. The peaks are higher than all the fluctuations humankind has known of from scientific glacial core samples. It isn’t about how we will solve climate change anymore. It’s about how we can survive it and buy time…

One of mankind’s greatest flaw is the disability to use logical predictions to change current habits before its too late. It’s quite apparent that we are sensory oriented. I took part in the coastal defense talk which further proved this. People normally stay in their houses built on cliffs until the ground below them erodes away. With global warming, we will get more tropical cyclones, rainfalls and sudden surges washing away big chunks of land. When people will realise what is happening, it will be too late.

Our perspective should change and we must act now and work together. It’s not whether solar or wind energy is better. We should teach in schools the benefits of renewable energy and how we can use all the technology available to harvest as much different sources of energy to have a complete energy supply.

If global warming continues, massive amounts of species may be extinct and will only be seen in museums

Godwin Law

Waking up late, I actually missed the morning lecture. I hope that British Council isn’t going to reprimand me for that. But anyhow, I used the time instead to take a stroll in Hyde Park, a massive piece of green land conveniently located just behind the campus. The effect of that one hour walk was therapeutic. I ended up lying on the grass by the lake, just bathing in the sunshine under the speckled blue sky. It was a poetic and worthy experience for me.

I attended the afternoon lecture, and realised that it was actually a continuation of the morning lecture. I learned from the other students that they had been discussing in groups about materials reuse and recycling. In the afternoon, we simply had to present our findings to our peers. It made me appreciate all the more the magnitude of the overall intelligence gathered in this conference.

At night, we had a tremendous lecture from an aerodynamic engineer who talked of greener designs for aviation transports. He was a well learned man, both within and outside his area of expertise, and even had a light sense of humour. He spoke with charisma that efficiently delivered his message across to his audience with persuasion and power. I never cease to be amazed at the cleverness and wit that can be found in this world.

Photos: Youni Nip

To read more about the London International Youth Science Forum, visit This trip is sponsored by British Council.



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