Experts mull over climate change at workshop

The “Fundamental Science and Society” workshop, which gathered hundreds of notable scientists from around the world, wrapped up in Quy Nhon City, the central province of Binh Dinh on July 8.

Topics discussed during the second day of the two-day workshop included basic science, global education, knowledge and technology mechanisms, open innovation and a collaborative economy.

One of the most pressing issues discussed, particularly for Vietnam, was global warming.

Dr John Church, an expert in rising sea levels from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), said the sea level would rise 65cm more and the global temperature would increase 3 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.

“Since the beginning of the industrial era, human activities have led to an accumulation of heat in the climate system,” he said, adding that the increase was due in large part to fossil fuels and agricultural activities.

According to Church, the heat was partly contributing to the sea level rise because of the warming ocean. Other causes of the phenomenon were the change in mass of glaciers and ice sheets, as well as the change in water storage on land.

All countries must work together for a solution, he said.

Tran Thuc from Vietnam’s Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change said climate change has affected various sectors in the country, including industry, tourism, health, agriculture and the ecosystem.

According to Prof Fredolin Tangang from the National University of Malaysia, studies on climate change in Southeast Asia have been minimal and no framework for regional climate change cooperation has been set up.

Tangang recommended a tighter mechanism to boost studies on the issue and share information among affected countries to mitigate the effects of climate change.

During the workshop, which was organised by Rencontres du Vietnam (Meeting Vietnam), Vietnamese scientists had the chance to exchange with leading experts in various fields and learn from them. 

At the conclusion of the session, Prof Victor Matveev, director of the international Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Moscow, awarded Rencontres du Vietnam’s Chairman Prof Tran Thanh Van an honorary doctorate status for his contributions to science.

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