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  Information - GB2 Earth scientists could do more for society

Event Information
The motion will be debated between two teams, each with two members.

The debaters are: Eberhard Faust, Stefano Tinti, Jurgen Neuberg, Friedemann.Wenzel

The debate will centre of the idea is that earth scientists have specialized knowledge that can in theory be used to mitigate the effects of natural disasters tsunami, earthquakes, eruptions, floods. Their contribution could be to help install warning systems, to predict where and how often disasters might happen, to advise authorities on building codes and restrictions, and so on. The counter arguments are that prediction is uncertain and can misfire; that the main need is for better administration and communication (doubts about the Indian ocean tsunami warning system) or that earth scientists have long had this information and have done their best to transmit their message, but the politicians and administrators have not acted.

Roland Pease, a science reporter of the BBC, will moderate the debate.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Eberhard Faust,
Stefano Tinti,
Jurgen Neuberg,


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