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Responding to the challenges of climate change

Cluj Napoca event
23 October 2015

With fourteen of the fifteen warmest years on record having occurred since the year 2000; with oceans both warming and acidifying; and with unequivocal scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels is the principal cause – what can we do to rapidly reduce emissions?

This seminar will revisit the scale of the climate challenge, arguing that whilst the science of climate change has progressed, we obstinately refuse to acknowledge the rate at which our emissions from energy need to be reduced. Highly speculative geo-engineering is increasingly used to balance incremental tweaks to a ‘business-as-usual’ model with rapidly dwindling carbon budgets for 2°C. Similarly, the eloquent rhetoric of green growth continues to eclipse analysis demonstrating the need for radical social as well as technical change.

Taking these issues head on, this seminar will develop a quantitative framing of mitigation, based on IPCC carbon budgets, before finishing with more qualitative examples of what a genuine low-carbon future may contain.

About the speaker
Kevin Anderson is professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester. Read more…

RSVP
Victoria Stoiciu, email: victoria(dot)stoiciu(at)fes(dot)ro, phone: 021 2110 982

Faculty of European Studies, Babes Bolyai University
Aula hall of the faculty of European Studies Emanuel de Martonne street, no 1, Cluj Napoca