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.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/thinking-differently-to-limit-global-warming-to-15-deg-c-tickets-34535443441

 

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

 

https://ucc.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=77fcaca2-8056-4727-abb4-b30037f2c7ff

 

 

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