Minimising Climate Risks

Date: Wednesday 17 January 2018


Imperial College London
Lecture Theatre 34
Sir Alexander Fleming Building
South Kensington
London SW7 2AZ


Climate change continues to divide opinion and confuse the lay person. Its 3 years since the last IPCC Assessment and 2 years since the global agreement in Paris to deal with climate change. Although some progress is being made to address climate change, the international process seems painfully slow and the US, the world’s second largest emitter, has indicated its intention to withdraw from the treaty. Meanwhile extreme weather has devastated communities around the world. Just how big is the threat of climate change? Is it all doom and gloom or are there reasons for optimism?
The Royal Meteorological Society’s meeting “Minimising climate change” will take stock of scientific progress since the last IPCC report, review options for avoiding dangerous climate change and what actions key countries are taking. The meeting should appeal to scientists, policymakers and interested non-experts.

The provisional programme is below:

Recent weather and climate trends

Gabi  Hegerl, University of Edinburgh

Climate impacts /risks for warming between 1.5 and 6C

Richard Betts, Met Office

Ocean acidification

Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Lab

Recent trends in GHG emissions and concentrations

Corinne Le Quere, University of East Anglia

Essential actions required to achieve long term goals – recent trends in costs and use of renewables.

Jim Skea, IPCC

Ongoing developments of the Paris agreement

To be confirmed

Climate change actions in China

Isobel Hilton, China Dialogue

Climate change actions in USA

Bob Perciasepe, C2ES

Engagement of climate specialists in industry

David Viner, Mott MacDonald

Challenges and opportunities for the private sector.

Mike Barry, Marks and Spencer


For this meeting, there will be a small  registration fee which includes refreshments and lunch:

  • £10 - RMetS Members, Grantham Institute & ICL Students and Staff
  • £15 - Non-Members.

This meeting is sponsored by the Grantham Institute - Imperial College London, and is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme


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