Sir David King, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Climate Change Envoy, and former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government
Josue Tanaka, Managing Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever
Neil Thorns, Chair of the Climate Coalition
The event was chaired by Professor Joanna Haigh, Co-director of the Grantham Institute.
This event, hosted by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, is one of the necessary incremental conversations that we shall be seeing connecting the UNFCCC COP’s over the next 5 years to 2020. They are necessary because we are globally in a position where we have everything to lose, and so much to gain, by staying focussed on the task of ensuring the planet is not just liveable, but, compared with the present, greatly improved in terms of the human impact on the natural world.
So a panel of expert speakers presented to us the post-Paris narrative as they see it evolving before us. COP21 in Paris was certainly a special event with so many complex political narratives in play, that conflicts in determining outcomes was a certainty. But this leaves us with a big “what next?”
Sir David King pointed out that the momentum behind the ‘Paris Agreement’ had been building long before Paris and must not stop with Paris. “End of the beginning” was the quote used last night. So what is it that we are trying to achieve?
“We are loath to set lofty targets that we have no policy framework in place to achieve at all!”
Mitigation matters if we want to slow the rate of ice loss from the Greenland ice sheet that could add metres of sea-level rise.
Nick Breeze conducted an impromptu interview with Jason Box, Professor of Glaciology and Greenland Ice Sheet specialist, at COP21.
Christiana Figueres, speaking at COP21 in Paris, about the need to dispel myths around ending subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.
In this spontaneous conversation between two of Britain’s most vocal scientists on climate change and engineering, we see a frank analysis of the details that bely inconvenient truths for each one us.
- Written by Admin Admin
- Published: 18 December 2015 18 December 2015
The International Energy Agency (IEA) published their Medium Term Coal Market 2015 report this morning. We are pleased to re-post some collated responses and quotes below received from Joel Kenrick at www.EuropeanClimate.org. The IEA report states that:
This short interview with professor gail Whiteman was recorded at the ICE ARC General Assembly in Barcelona, in 2014. Professor Whiteman outlines some of the key objectives of the project and how it is connecting the science of Arctic change to global economic models.
Newspapers are awash with the headlines that the new ‘Paris Accord’ marks the end of the fossil fuel era. But we must ask whether this really is the case, and if it is, who is going to be hit the hardest by the changes that would have to be implemented across the globe to stay within the boundary of 1.5ºC warming?
The COP21 Paris Accord failed humanity, and impacted communities must take things into our own hands and push at all levels of government
The following message has been recived from the Grassroots Global Justice Aliance and is a statement reflecting on the COP21 Paris Accord:
As impacted communities, we are deeply aware of the imperative of the climate crisis. Our waters are being poisoned from fossil fuel extraction, our livelihoods are threatened by floods and drought, our communities are the hardest hit and the least protected in extreme weather events. The climate crisis is a reality, but the COP21 Paris Accord is not based on that reality.
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Steffen Kallbekken, Research Director at CICERO, director of the Centre for International Climate and Energy Policy, Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for climate change research, Manchester and Joeri Rogelj, Research Scholar at the Energy Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis