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Climate Action Task Force Plenary with Kevin Anderson: Laggards or Leaders? Academia and its responsibility in delivering on the Paris commitments

Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (MDT)

Climate Action Task Force Plenary with Kevin Anderson: Laggards or Leaders? Academia and its responsibility in delivering on the Paris commitments

Type: Panel
Theme: AAG Climate Action Task Force
Sponsor Groups: AAG Climate Action Task Force
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 5
Organizers: Joseph Nevins, Patricia Martin
Chairs: Wendy Jepson

Description

Peel away the layers of dangerously naïve hope and unfounded optimism and the mitigation challenge posed by the Paris Agreement now demands a rapid and profound re-shaping of contemporary society. Whilst the models dominating the mitigation agenda employ evermore exotic and speculative technologies to remain ‘politically palatable’, the arithmetic of emissions increasingly embeds equity at the heart of any mathematically cogent strategy. Dress it up however we may like, the Parisian mitigation agenda is ultimately a rationing issue. Until we are prepared to acknowledge this, we will continue our reckless pathway towards a 3-5°C future.

Against such a depressing backdrop, is the role of academia to reveal cracks and offer new light or to favour political pragmatism and ‘expert’ debate?

Kevin Anderson
Professor of Energy and Climate Change
Universities of Manchester (UK) and Uppsala (Sweden)
(Website: http://kevinanderson.info Twitter: @KevinClimate)

Kevin Anderson holds a joint chair between the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester and the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at Uppsala University. He recently completed two years as the Zennström professor of climate change leadership at Uppsala and previously held the role of director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Kevin is research active with publications in Science, Nature and Nature Geosciences.

Kevin engages widely across all tiers of government (EU, UK and Sweden) on issues ranging from shale gas, aviation and shipping to the role of climate modeling (IAMs), carbon budgets and ‘negative emission technologies’. With Uppsala colleagues, Kevin has made a key contribution to the development Paris-compliant carbon budgets for Swedish Län and Kommuner, and with Manchester colleagues, his analysis contributed to the framing of the UK’s Climate Change Act and the development of national carbon budgets. Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry; he is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Panelist Kevin Anderson The University of Manchester 75

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