Scotland Climate action and sustainable development

Hope: facing an overheated climate


Professor Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre University of Manchester, on the IPCC Special Report 1.5 Degrees and on Quantifying the implications of Paris Agreement: What role for Scotland?

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We are fortunate Kevin Anderson – one of the UK’s foremost researchers and commentators on the impending Climate Disruption – will address MSPs at Holyrood on the afternoon of 30 October and has agreed to speak that evening about the narrowing policy options open to us in Scotland.

As Dave Reay, Professor of Carbon Management & Education at Edinburgh, said on 8 October: “The IPCC have shown us what could be, the world must now decide what will be.” Kevin’s talk will be in two halves with contributions from Edinburgh colleagues on their own perspectives between them.

Kevin holds the chair of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester, the Zennström professorship at Uppsala University and is Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

He engages widely across all tiers of government (UK and Sweden) on issues ranging from shale gas, aviation and shipping to the role of climate modeling, carbon budgets and ‘negative emission technologies’.

Organised for the MSc in Carbon Management, this event is open to all – at University and across the city – interested to hear about recent climate science research and to fathom out what it means for Scotland.

Draft Programme 

6.00pm Registration and meeting friends in the lobby of 50 George Sq
6.30pm Welcome by Dr Simon Shackley, Programme Director, MSc in Carbon Management
6.40pm Unpacking Positives: IPCC Special Report 1.5 Degrees, Prof Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre
7.00pm A complementary perspective from University of Edinburgh colleagues
7.20pm Quantifying the implications of Paris Agreement: What role for Scotland? Prof Anderson again
– on specially-commissioned research to inform Parliament’s deliberations on Climate Change targets
7.40pm Reflections in small groups on the findings shared
7.50pm Open house with contributions from the audience
8.15pm What does this all mean for students and staff at the University, institutions and Scotland?
8.30pm Close.

We hope there will be an opportunity to book a table locally for supper with the speakers – indicate if you wish to come when booking (going Dutch – probably £15-20 each).

The reading list for our packed 10 October event hasn’t really changed … Check out:
 IPCC Special Report 1.5 – Summary for Policy Makers released by IPCC on 8 October 
– Reducing emissions in Scotland: 2018 Progress Report to Parliament – UK CCC, 24 Sept 2018
– Scottish Household Survey Topic Report: Climate Change 2017 – Scottish Government, 4 Sept 2018
– Changing behaviour in a changing climate – Changeworks for Citizens Advice Scotland, Aug 2018
– Quantifying the implications of Paris Agreement: What role for Scotland? – Tyndall Centre, Aug 2018
– Raising Ambition – Zero carbon scenarios from across the globe – Zero Carbon Britain at CAT, 2018
– Climate & Rapid Behaviour Change: What do we know so far? – Rapid Transition Alliance, Oct 2018
– Yawning at the catastrophe: the psychology of climate change – University of Cambridge, Sept 2018
– Public Engagement for a 1.5C World – Shifting Gear and Scaling up – Climate Outreach, Oct 2018