Tyndall Climate Change Conference: Radical Emission Reduction

SML-tyndall-radicalconfA Climate Change conference on Radical Emission Reduction will take place at the Royal Society in London on 10-11 December 2013.

In response to the question ‘Why radical mitigation (i.e. emission reductions)?’ the conference webpage declares,Today, in 2013, we face an unavoidably radical future. We either continue with rising emissions and reap the radical repercussions of severe climate change, or we acknowledge that we have a choice and pursue radical emission reductions: No longer is there a non-radical option.’

Organised by The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, this international conference aims to provide an evidence-base for developing radical-mitigation strategies against climate change.  Fostering an up-beat and can-do mentality, it will consider how to deliver reductions in energy consumption of at least 8% per year (~60% across a decade). Although academic in format, this forum will bring together practitioners and decision-makers in public and business sectors and civil society as well as academics, researchers and students, inviting all – participants and others – to share their ideas on this 8% reduction, using Twitter hash-tag #RadicalPlan

On Day 1, Naomi Klein, the author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, will deliver the keynote address via weblink. The day will see six sessions:

  • The rationale and framing for the conference
  • Framing and barriers to radical mitigation
  • Understanding the policy context
  • Policy options for radical mitigation
  • Behaviours and political and social norms
  • Behaviours and engaging publics

It will end with a poster session with a reception.

Day 2 will comprise six sessions:

  • Governance for radical mitigation
  • Delivering radical mitigation 1
  • Delivering radical mitigation 2
  • Mobilising action amongst non-government actors
  • Lifestyles and emissions
  • Pathways for radical mitigation

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research is a partnership between a selection of researchers from eight UK universities, namely Cardiff, Newcastle, Cambridge, East Anglia (headquarters),  Manchester, Oxford, Southampton and  Sussex. Together with contributions from Fudan University in China, the Centre forms the Tyndall Consortium.

Driven by its vision, ‘To be an internationally recognised source of high quality and integrated climate-change research, and to exert a seminal influence on the design and achievability of the long-term strategic objectives of national and international climate policy,’ The Centre aims ‘to research, assess and communicate from a distinct trans-disciplinary perspective, the options to mitigate, and the necessities to adapt to, climate change, and to integrate these into the global, UK and local contexts of sustainable development.’ It works not only within the research community, but also with business leaders, policy advisors, the media and the public in general.

Image developed using the Tyndall Centre logo on the conference webpage



Conference webpage http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/radical-emission-reduction-conference-10-11-december-2013

Conference programme (PDF) http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/sites/default/files/radicalplanprogramme.pdf

Abstracts of conference papers (PDF) http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/sites/default/files/radicalplanabstracts_0.pdf

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research http://www.tyndall.ac.uk @TyndallCentre


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CONFERENCE: Climate Transitions: Connecting People, Planet and Place

SML-Tyndall-confClimate Transitions: Connecting People, Planet and Place, the third annual PhD Conference of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, will be held at Cardiff University from 3 to 5 April 2013.

Hosted by Cardiff’s Sustainable Places Research Institute, the conference will reflect Tyndall Centre’s four themes:

  • Governance and behaviour
  • Energy and emissions
  • Water and land
  • Cities and coasts

Professor James Scourse, Director of Climate Change Consortium for Wales, will deliver the keynote speech, ‘The last five years: evidence for a climate transition’.

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Greenwich tops UK People & Planet Green League 2012

The University of Greenwich topped The People & Planet Green League 2012. The rest of the top five places went to Plymouth, Brighton, Gloucestershire and Nottingham Trent (last year’s winner).

Among the biggest forward leaps are those of the University of Surrey (67 places, from joint 114th in 2011 to 47th in 2012), Cardiff University (55 places, from joint 130th to 75th), the University of the West of England (UWE) (26 places, from joint 37th to joint 11th) and the University of Brighton (18 places, from 21st to 3rd).

The top 25 green universities are as follows:

1 University of Greenwich

2 University of Plymouth

3 University of Brighton

4 University of Gloucestershire

5 Nottingham Trent University

6 University of Central Lancashire

7 Bournemouth University

8 Bath Spa University

8 University of Bradford

10        Manchester Metropolitan University

11        Aston University

11        University of East Anglia

11        University of The West of England, Bristol

11        University of Worcester

15        Oxford Brookes University

16        De Montfort University

16        University of Portsmouth

16        University of East London

19        Bangor University

19        Sheffield Hallam University

21        University of Huddersfield

21        Liverpool John Moores University

21        Cardiff Metropolitan University

24        University of Exeter

25        University of Derby

More… (Full list of Green League 2012 on The Guardian website)

More… (More detailed full list of Green League 2012 on People & Planet website)

More… (About the winner, the University of Greenwich)

More… (About the biggest rises and falls)

More… (How points are scored for the rankings)

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