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The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy’s Big Climate Change Debate: 'The Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?’
Main Speaker: Duncan Clark, journalist and author; consultant editor on the Guardian environment desk
Chair: Andy Gouldson,Professor of Sustainability Research; Director - ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy
- John Barrett,Professor of Sustainability Research, University of Leeds & a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
- Dr Louise Ellis, Head of Sustainability, University of Leeds;
-George Munson, Energy and Climate Change Manager, Leeds City Council;
- Paul Routledge,Professor in Social and Urban Change, School of Geography, University of Leeds
The Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?
As debate continues to rage about the role technologies such as ‘fracking’ should play in the UK’s future energy security, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, today publishes the first part of its 5th Assessment Report. One of its key findings is that the world has already burnt more than half the maximum amount of fossil fuel that can be consumed if catastrophic global warming is to be avoided.
With several CCCEP academics contributing as lead authors to the 5th report, this year, the Centre’s contribution to the ESRC Festival Of Social Science will consider ‘The Burning Question: We can't burn half the world's oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?'
Based on his recent book of the same title, journalist and author Duncan Clark will outline the simple truth that tackling global warming will mean persuading the world to abandon fossil fuel reserves worth trillions of dollars. The burning question is whether and how this can be done. What mix of politics, psychology, economics and technology might be required? Are the energy companies massively overvalued and how will carbon cuts affect the global economy? Will we wake up to the threat in time? And who can do what to make it all happen?
His presentation will be followed by a series of impact statements from our expert panel which will address this last question, after which our panellists will take questions from the audience.
Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy: http://www.cccep.ac.uk
University of Leeds Sustainability Research Institute: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/research/sri/
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): http://www.ipcc.ch/
Commentary on and praise for 'The Burning Question’
‘Fascinating, important and highly recommended’ , Al Gore
‘Berners-Lee and Clark illustrate why climate change is such a complex issue. But also that it has a solution.’ Samuel Fankhauser, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy; Member of the UK Committee on Climate Change
‘It asks the right question and seeks the most effective way of answering it’, George Monbiot, The Guardian
‘Fossil fuels are so last century’, Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project
Speakers (full biographies on Eventbrite listing)
Duncan Clark, Journalist and author : http://duncanclark.net/
Andy Gouldson, Professor of Sustainability Research; Director - ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy, University of Leeds: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/a.gouldson
John Barrett, Professor of Sustainability Research, University of Leeds; A lead author for the International Panel on Climate Change, Working Group III: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/j.barrett
Louise Ellis: Head of Sustainability, University of Leeds http://www.leeds.ac.uk/site/custom_scripts/people_profile_details.php?profileID=1682
George Munson, Energy and Climate Change Manager, Leeds City Council: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Climate-Change-Partnership.aspx
Paul Routledge, Professor in Social and Urban Change, School of Geography, University of Leeds: http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/people/p.routledge
ESRC Festival of Social Science 2013
The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 2-9 November 2013. With events from some of the country's leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 170 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website
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