Professor Kevin Anderson will talk about the the successes and failures of the Paris process – offering not only an alternative take on the Agreement, but also sketching out how there still remains an outside chance of avoiding the 2°C characterisation of dangerous climate change.
Kevin is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at University Of Manchester and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. He has advised the UK Government on climate change.
The Paris Agreement was heralded by many as a triumph of international diplomacy, delivering an unprecedented covenant amongst world leaders to take action to hold “the increase in … temperature to well below 2°C … and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.
But whilst the euphoric elite of climate change whooped with joy and clinked champagne glasses with high-carbon celebrities, movie stars and politicians – there was increasing unease amongst climate change’s foot soldiers that beyond the important headlines the Agreement had sown the seeds of it own demise.
This public lecture is open to all.
G.07 - Informatics Forum, Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB