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OE writes on global warming

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Mark Miodownik (OE1987), engineer, broadcaster, writer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, has recently written an article for The Guardian about how our coastlines may submerge under increasing sea levels from melting ice - and how some countries will be less affected (and may even benefit) in contrast to those that will be devastated. Read Mike's article online here.

Put simply, there are going to be winners and losers: hotter places and colder places; wetter places and drier places; and, yes, places that disappear under the sea. But the reality is a bit more complicated. In particular, are sea levels going up or down?

Mark's recent book, Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives, has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018. The winner of the prize is due to be announced this evening (Monday 1st October 2018).