Beyond Dangerous Climate Change: Does Paris Lock-out 2 Degrees?

IIEA9th March 20163min
In his presentation, Kevin Anderson revisited the scale of the climate challenge, arguing that whilst the science of climate change has progressed, there has been no corresponding acknowledgement of the rate at which our emissions from energy need to be reduced.

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About the Speech:

In his presentation, Kevin Anderson revisited the scale of the climate challenge, arguing that whilst the science of climate change has progressed, there has been no corresponding acknowledgement of the rate at which our emissions from energy need to be reduced. He suggested that the Paris Agreement exemplifies this duality. Similarly, he argued that the focus on green growth continues to eclipse analysis which demonstrates the need for radical social as well as technical change. Prof. Anderson developed 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.

This event was held in association with DCU and An Taisce.

About the Speaker:

Kevin Anderson is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester. He has recently finished a two-year position as Director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organisation, and now leads Tyndall Manchester’s energy and climate change research programme and is Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre. Prof. Anderson’s research on carbon budgets suggests a widening gulf between political rhetoric on climate change and the reality of rapidly escalating emissions.