The Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture with Zennström Professor Kevin Anderson
- Date: 21 September, 13:30–17:00
- Location: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 4A Lilla Frescativägen, 114 18 Stockholm
- Lecturer: Kevin Anderson, Uppsala University's Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership, CEMUS
- Organiser: Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm University, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
- Contact person: Isak Stoddard
- Phone: 0703147236
Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm University and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences are proud to present the Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture 2017, to be delivered by Kevin Anderson, professor in climate and energy, and Uppsala University’s Zennström professor in Climate Change Leadership at CEMUS.
This annual memorial lecture is in honour of Gordon Goodman, founding director of the Beijer Institute at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 1977–1989 and the Stockholm Environment Institute from 1989–1991.
Mitigation on Methadone: the trouble with negative emissions
With sixteen of the seventeen warmest years on record having occurred since 2000; with oceans both warming and acidifying; and with unequivocal scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels is the principal cause; – what can we do to rapidly reduce emissions?
This presentation will revisit the scale of the climate challenge, arguing that whilst the science of climate change has progressed, we obstinately refuse to acknowledge the rate at which our emissions from energy need to be reduced. The Paris Agreement exemplifies this duality – relying as it does on highly speculative negative emission technologies to balance incremental tweaks to a ‘business-as-usual’ model with rapidly dwindling carbon budgets for 2°C. Similarly, the eloquent rhetoric of green growth continues to eclipse analysis demonstrating the need for radical social as well as technical change.
Taking these issues head on, this seminar will outline a quantitative framing of mitigation, based on IPCC carbon budgets, before finishing with more qualitative examples of what a genuine low-carbon future may contain.