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Interview: Alberta “Tar Sands” Environment Minister, Shannon Phillips

“We are loath to set lofty targets that we have no policy framework in place to achieve at all!”

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The Anthropocene: age of human driven climate

Schellnhuber: “The emissions so far already suffice to suppress the next ice ages.”

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1.5ºC - A New Boundary For Global Warming?

Nations have agreed to aspire to a boundary of 1.5ºC global mean average temperature rise. But to what degree is this new "icon" for limiting climate change based on science and can we even achieve it?

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Naomi Klein on the role of civil society and the need to pressure our leaders

“When we abdicate the power, that is when we get ourselves into trouble!”

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Professor Jason Box Full Interview

In the full interview, we discuss issues relating to the wider social implications of tackling climate change. These include social justice, creating hope through action for the next generation, as well as why in order to achieve this, "we need to evolve!"

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Jason Box on how “mitigation matters”

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.

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Christiana Figueres: a very important strategic moment to begin to bring down fossil fuel subsidies

Christiana Figueres, speaking at COP21 in Paris, about the need to dispel myths around ending subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.

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Climate Justice? “Let them eat cake!” Discussion: Professor Kevin Anderson & Dr. Hugh Hunt

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.

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The 1.5ºC boundary for global heating exposes the chasm between rhetoric & reality, here's why:

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?

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More posts by Nick Breeze

Interview by Nick Breeze with Dr Natalia Shakhova and Dr Igor Semiletov

A new scientific paper published in Nature Communication Journal demonstrates that the mechanisms of destabilisation of subsea permafrost, contrary to previous claims, provide new insights into increased emissions from the worlds largest deposits of methane, that exists in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS).

The subsea permafrost has for thousands of years acted as a seal, restricting the flow of gas through the water column to the atmosphere. This paper clearly shows that permafrost degradation and the occurrence of gas migration pathways are key factors in controlling the emissions.  

 

Comment: Watching our recent interview with Christiana Figueres, David Tattershall (Envisionation Limited) responded with considered concern with respect to her answer to the question on the reduction of emissions from the aviation industry.

Just to recap, here is the transcripted answer with Tattershall's response below:

 

The lady who ushered in the Paris Agreement now wants to ramp up the pace and ensure the world reaches peak emissions by 2020, leading to total decarbonisation by 2050. The whole campaign hinges on the a new report that cites 2020 as a critical milestone for stemming the effects of climate change.

Christiana Figueres is persuasive and influential but in light of recent world events that include the destabilisation of the EU as a political block, and the openly anti-climate action administration of President Trump, it is very clear that the world has changed since Paris.

READ THE COMMENT: Does Figueres interview give clues as to why we went backwards from Copenhagen to Paris?

 

Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP): 2017 Climate Change Seminar Series

Science, politics, knowledge management, innovation and markets all play a role in climate change action, but what is the role of the University of Cambridge as an ‘anchor institution’ for these? Bringing together speakers spanning the worlds of research and policy, this series of events will explore how the multifaceted aspects of climate change action can come together to help us make the right decisions for the long run.  

The window of opportunity is closing… but the price of failure is still too high!

The rate of ecological destruction is now so bad that the fate of our civilisation literally hangs in the balance. The loss of the Arctic polar ice cap, the melting from above and below of Antarctica, the culling and collapse of forests and dying oceans, failing ecosystems, our atmosphere burdened with hundreds of billions of tonnes of extra greenhouse gases, and still each week scientists report more broken links in the chains of interconnectedness that sustain each one of us, rich and poor, on this planet. Despite all this, the great human enterprise built on a foundation of carbon, rumbles on in search of new fixes.

 

Peter Wadhams has achieved many accolades and held positions such as Director of the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge Uk, among a great many others. He has been on more than 50 research trips to the polar regions and, of special interest to those studying the demise of the Arctic ice cap, he has been under the ice on 6 submarine expeditions.