Which path to halting climate change?

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The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Climate Futures Initiative and SFU's Faculty of Environment are pleased to invite you to the Solutions talk of the Climate Futures Series: The SCIENCE, the IMPACTS and SOLUTIONS to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.




January 10 - SOLUTIONS FOR 1.5 DEGREES

Which path to halting climate change?

To halt global warming, global carbon dioxide emissions have to be reduced to net zero. This, however, is no easy task. Many of our daily activities currently produce greenhouse gas emissions that are then released into the atmosphere, and changes in one area can affect emissions elsewhere. To capture these complex interactions and understand how these greenhouse gas emissions can be avoided, researchers use integrated models that describe our global economy, how we produce energy and the ways in which we use our land for food. The options and choices available to society to transform towards a more sustainable future are then explored through scenarios – “what-if” stories that project how the future could look like under a given set of assumptions. In this talk, we will explore together how the limited amount of carbon dioxide that we can still emit while limiting global warming to safe levels can be translated into emissions pathways that inform the climate change debate and climate policy about choices that are made today.

Presenter: Joeri Rogelj, Lecturer, Grantham Institute at Imperial College London

Respondent: Mark Jaccard, Professor, SFU

Moderator: Kirsten Zickfeld, Associate Professor, SFU

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Joeri Rogelj

Dr Joeri Rogelj is Lecturer in Climate Change and the Environment at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, and Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). His research aims at actively informing the international climate policy debate through dedicated interdisciplinary research and analysis, and focusses on the scientific assessment of international climate agreements, the identification and response to major gaps in knowledge for effective climate policy, and the development of new concepts bridging the divide between social and physical sciences. Over the past decade, Joeri Rogelj has led several major scientific climate change assessments, including the Emissions Gap Reports by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He served as a Coordinating Lead Author on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, and is currrently a Lead Author on the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report.

Mark Jaccard

Mark Jaccard is a professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He teaches interdisciplinary courses in energy and materials sustainability, covering basic physics, technologies, economics, policy and human cognition and behaviour. He has contributed to several major processes and assessments, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change British Columbia’s Climate Action Team. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009 and British Columbia’s Academic of the Year in 2008.


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