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Al Gore In Davos - Excellent Climate Crisis Summary

“What’s Next? A Climate for Action” This is an excellent overview by Al Gore on the current climate situation. 
 

In this presentation at Davos 2015, former US vice-president Al Gore was joined on stage by popstar Pharrell Williams, to announce Live Earth 2015. Aimed at promoting awareness of the climate change crisis, the series of concerts will take place across all seven continents that include Antarctica – on June 18. 

Professor Kevin Anderson - Impacts Of Climate Change [Full Interview]

In this extended interview, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Professor Kevin Anderson discusses a wide range of issues relating to climate change, associated impacts, policy and social implications.


 

Professor Anderson speaks very lucidly about the mistakes that have been made regarding economic policy, such as bailing out the banks when a true stimulus could have been achieved by giving the capital directly to the people in order to increase residence and energy efficiency in our homes. The effects of a policy of this nature would have created jobs and a true value stimulus.
 

Professor Anderson also speaks about climate engineering emphasising that we must do the research but there can be no climate engineering without real cuts to emissions. If we have to wilfully engineer our climate then it must be done hand in hand with curbing emissions.
 

This interview was conducted by Mike Coe and gratefully shared with Envisionation.

 

Geoengineering at the Royal Society

 

The findings of 3 projects – SPICE, led by the University of Bristol; IAGP, led by the University of Leeds; and CGG, led by the University of Oxford – were announced at an event at The Royal Society, London, on 26/11/2014.

Definitions:

i. SPICE - Stratospheric Particle Injection Climate Engineering

SPICE has looked at Solar Radiation Management, involving offsetting the effects of greenhouse gas by increasing the reflectivity of the Earth's atmosphere. It focused on aerosol injection using volcanoes as a model.


ii. IAGP - Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Proposals

IAGP is the UK’s 1st interdisciplinary research study into the controversial subject of climate engineering. Bringing together a range of expertise, from climate modelling to philosophy, engineering and public perceptions, assessing geoengineering within wider societal values. IAGP researchers have carried out public and stakeholder workshops in five cities in the UK. In addition, IAGP has vreated models to simulate seven different proposed technologies.

iii. CGG - Climate Geoengineering Governance

CGG has conducted research into the ethical, legal, social and geopolitical implications of a range of geoengineering approaches, building on the foundations of the Oxford Principles on Geoengineering Governance.

Opening speakers:

Dr Matthew Watson, Reader in Natural Hazards at the University of Bristol and Principal Investigator, SPICE
Prof Piers Forster, Professor of Climate Change at the University of Leeds and Principal Investigator, IAGP
Prof Steve Rayner, Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford and Principal Investigator, CGG

Dr Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge, SPICE
Prof. Jim Hayward, University of Exeter, SPICE
Dr Lawrence Jackson, University of Leeds, IAGP
Dr Naomi Vaughan, University of East Anglia, IAGP
Prof. Nicholas Pidgeon, Cardiff University, IAGP
Dr Rose Cairns, University of Sussex, CGG
Prof. Catherine Redgwell, University of Oxford

 

 

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