Gael force: Scottish meteorologist to host blether about the weather - and climate change

Uilebheist bhon taobh an ear 2.0 is upon us, we have been warned.

Meteorologist Scott Duncan was born and brought up in the Cairngorms, which inspired his passion for the weather and climate

For those who don’t speak Gaelic, we’re talking about the notorious ‘Beast from the East’ Arctic blast that’s bringing huge dumpings of snow and freezing temperatures to large parts of the country – not just the Scottish Highlands.

If you’re interested in the weather, aimsir for the Gaels – and who isn’t – you can find out more about it at a virtual event taking place this week.

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Highlander, Gaelic speaker, piper and meteorologist Scott Duncan is presenting what promises to be a fascinating talk for the National Library of Scotland, sharing insights into climate change, the weather and Scotland’s efforts to help tackle greenhouse gas emissions in the run-up to the globally important COP26 climate summit, which due to be held in Glasgow at the end of this year.

He will discuss the confusions and links between weather and climate change, as well as the innovations and challenges involved in cutting the country’s – and the world’s – carbon footprint.

The 27-year-old grew up in the Cairngorms – in the village of Newtonmore, near Aviemore – learning Gaelic at primary school.

He is currently based in London, working as a forecaster for an energy firm.

"I was lucky enough to grow up in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands, where I experienced all sorts of extreme weather – from intense wind storms to huge snow events,” he said.

"This exposure to Mother Nature from an early age is how my keen interest in weather and climate developed.”

In his talk, Mr Duncan will highlight the difficulties of predicting the weather, as well as debunking some of the myths around global warming.

“I will explore why we should care about weather and climate, the challenges we face in tackling warming and the science of meteorology,” he said.

“There will also be a focus on the state of our climate and some of the impacts of climate change.

“But it’s not all doom and gloom.

“I’ll be talking about the part Scotland is playing in the global issue and some of the ground-breaking developments coming out of it.”

The online talk is taking place from 5pm-6pm on Tuesday.

More information and tickets are available through Eventbrite.

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