Magazine article Geographical

Society Grants Following Sea Level Rise

Magazine article Geographical

Society Grants Following Sea Level Rise

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS one of--if not the--key debates and challenges of the 21st century, as will be highlighted during Lord Nicholas Stern's lecture this month at the Society (see Event of the month, opposite). It's timely, therefore, that this year, the RGS-IBG is involved in funding two projects that focus on the harsh reality--both in the future and right now--of sea-level rise.

Both projects have received grants from the Society to undertake work this coming summer. One team, supported by the Society's Land Rover Go Beyond bursary, will circumnavigate the Atlantic along the 1.5-metre contour--the projected sea level in 100 years--while the 2009 Journey of a Lifetime winner will be travelling with the world's first climate refugees as they are relocated from the Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea.

The Society will be following their progress closely, and it's hoped that their inspiring stories will act as a catalyst for others like them. Within its grants programme, the Society offers more than 20 different types of grants for independent travellers, educators, expeditions, students and active researchers. In fact, the Society currently supports more than 300 people a year to undertake research and expeditions in more than 40 countries. For many recipients in the early stages of research, teaching or expedition careers, these are life-changing experiences. And their reports are, collectively, a very valuable resource, available from the Foyle Reading Room and searchable online on the Society's website. …

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