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The Road from COP21 - Stepping stones between the COP’s

 

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.

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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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More posts by Nick Breeze

Earlier this week Environment Minister Michael Gove stated that he was convinced “climate change is a danger”, stating that it “is one of the biggest threats and challenges to biodiversity in the UK”.

By localising the issue to the UK, Gove seeks to belittle the global risk posed by climate change. This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief science adviser and founding director of the Potsdam Institute, Professor Schellnhuber was in London speaking at the Royal Society. When I asked him to respond to the Environment Minister’s comments he replied:  

In part 1 of this wide ranging interview, Anton Golub discusses why the world needs Lykke, the truth about financial regulators and why only 1% Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s) they assess make it onto the exchange.

Anton Golub: The core vision of Lykke is the vision of Richard Olsen, the founder of Lykke. I am a cofounder. I met him seven years ago when I joined him for an internship.

I sat down to eat my croissant and he sat down next to me and said: “Anton, we have to completely  change the financial system. It totally doesn’t work. Everything is broken inside.”

 

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.  

 

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.