Marine plastics: is it too late to save our oceans?
This year we asked the question: is it too late to save our oceans?
Plastic, heralded by many as a miracle material, is now choking fish, accumulating in their tissues, and slowly seeping down food chains. Every minute, the equivalent of a truck load of plastic is dumped into our ocean.
Can we reverse the damage already done by dumping plastics? Are we able to alter our plastic consumption enough to preserve biodiversity? Or is it too late to save our seas? Join a panel of experts for this talk as they explore if it really is too late to save our oceans.
Professor Ted Henry - Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Heriot Watt University
Professor Pennie Lindeque - Molecular ecologist and Head of Microplastic Research Team at Plymouth Marine Laboratory
David Jones - Founder and CEO of Just One Ocean
Dr Anna Ploszajski - Materials scientist and Research Fellow, Institute of Making, UCL
Chair - Gaia Vince - Broadcaster and environmental journalist
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Our 2018 annual debate at the Royal Institution was on the science of artificial intelligence
The inclusion of self-learning algorithms into systems that underpin modern life could help us address many of the global challenges society faces. But they also carry risks that may have devastating results. Can AI truly save the world, or is it too risky to depend on machine learning to solve our problems?