UCC Climate Lab 2017 Seminar Series

  • 11 May 2017

Dr. Charlie Wilson, University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, will be giving a presentation on "Thinking differently to limit global warming to 1.5˚C".

Dr. Wilson's presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 16th from 14:30 - 15:30 in Seminar Room 1.28, Environmental Research Institute, Lee Road, Cork.

In December 2015, world leaders set an ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5˚C, but many of the modelling tools being used to quantify how to achieve the 1.5˚C target are flawed in at least three ways: First, most modelling tools share the same limited representations of certain real-world phenomena; they fail to represent important drivers of change that may be needed for 1.5˚C mitigation. Second, both scenarios and models are largely silent about political, social and institutional change; they leave these critical elements of 1.5˚C mitigation open to interpretation. Third, scenario storylines are systematically skewed towards futures that resemble the present; they fail to describe discontinuous changes that may be needed for 1.5˚C mitigation. This talk sets out the challenges for 1.5˚C scenarios and modelling, and presents new research on both disruptive innovation and granularity as part of a more expansive approach to research on the 1.5˚C goal.

Dr Charlie Wilson is a Reader in Energy and Climate Change at the University of East Anglia and a researcher with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His research interests lie at the intersection between innovation, behaviour and policy in the field of climate change mitigation.



If you wish to watch Dr. Wilson's presentation on Tuesday afternooon, the seminar will be webast via the link below.





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