Science, Engineering and Food Science

UCC Climae Lab 2017 Seminar Series

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

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.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Science Engineering and Food Science
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Semianr Room 1.28, Environmental Research Institute, Lee Road, Cork
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Helen McMahon

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