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Last week, as part of the UNESCO World Action Programme “Education for Sustainable Development” the “Bad Honnef Learns Sustainability” network held its first lecture in a series of three. Entitled “Climate Change – Acting with Global Responsibility” the evening focused on the issue of heavy rainfall. Representatives from the city of Bad Honnef, Bad Honnef AG and the IUBH University of Applied Sciences were available to provide information and answer questions. IUBH Prof Dr Hansjochen Ehmer hosted the evening and moderated the discussion.
Meteorologist Karsten Brandt talked about the weather phenomena of heavy rainfall. He pointed out that although the intensity of heavy rainfall has increased in terms of the quantitative amount of water falling, there is no data showing that the frequency of heavy rainfall has increased. In his view, the big problem is the increase in built-up areas and thus sealed surfaces, in contrast to natural landscapes like forests and fields that can drain water.
Jutta Schmidt, director of civil engineering services for Bad Honnef, and Marcus Killat, director of the waste water treatment plant, talked about measures that have already been undertaken, as well as measure that are planned, to limit damages.
The speakers at the next event scheduled for September 22nd are IUBH professors Hansjochen Ehmer and Helmut Wachowiak and they will focus on the topic of “Mobility, Transportation and Tourism”. The lecture will be held on the campus of the International University of Applied Sciences in Bad Honnef.