Reducing Carbon Emissions: China’s position
In this Climate Lite: Frauke Urban presents Chinaâs perspectives on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change. Climate Lite -making climate change issues and research easy to digest.
Human Evolution and the Atmosphere: A Return to the Pliocene?
The evolution of Australopithecines and subsequently the Genus Homo from about 4.5 million years ago was intimately related to an overall cooling trend associated with orbital forcing of the Milankovic cycles, natural long-term rhythms of global climate change caused by changes in the position of Earth relative to the sun. These included extreme conditions which forced humans to migrate and adapt through development of sophisticated communications (language) and technological innovation,
Inaugural Crawford-Nishi Lecture on Japan and Australia: A Vision for the Future
The Minister for Foreign Affairs discusses where the Australian Government is taking a relationship that Prime Minister Aso recently described as having reached the most productive time in its history. Particularly focussing on: quick, coordinated action through the G20 to get the global economy working again enhancing our already close economic relationship through the early conclusion of a comprehensive free trade agreement turning our bilateral defence cooperation to efforts to improve
Climate Change and the Australian Reform Agenda
This lecture is the ninth annual Sir Leslie Melville Lecture presented by the Australian National University. The introduction of an emissions trading scheme in Australia constitutes a significant economic reform. Unlike other key reforms with such a broad impact across the economy, there has not been a broad consensus within the economics profession on the merits of this reform or the general approach to how it should be implemented. In part this is due to the complex and multidimensional natur
Environmental Planning and Politics in New York State
Susan Riha discusses environmental issues and the role of politics in climate change and gas drilling in New York State.
Leadership Challenges: Balancing Creativity and Control
Social entrepreneurs may have comparative advantage in generating new ideas or innovations, but may struggle with execution and control. Is it possible to build innovative institutions that are around for the long haul without crowding out the charismatic element of social entrepreneurship? Can visionaries build high-performing teams, and if so how? In a climate of increased expectation around legitimacy, transparency and measurement, how can one get the balance right? Join leading practitioners
Target Earth: The Grand Scale Problems of the 21st Century
At the start of the 21st century, humankind finds itself on a non-sustainable course - a course that, unless it is changed, will lead to catastrophes of awesome consequences. Severe climate change, water shortages, mass famines, global pandemics, global terrorism... All these mega-problems are interrelated and need a long-term view of the future. They are global problems and cannot be solved by one country alone. This could be humanity's last century, or it could be the century in which civiliz
UK Climate Projections: Launch
Part one. UKCIP director Dr. Chris West speaking at the launch of the 2009 UK Climate Projections in Oxford.
Climate Change and the Fate of the Amazon 2007 - How can conservation strategies plan for climate im
How can conservation strategies plan for climate impacts in Amazonia?
Copenhagen COP 15: What happened and What next?
An ECI organised panel discussion following the Copenhagen international climate negotiations in December 2009 to review what happened at the negotiations and what happens next.
Introduction to the 4 Degrees and Beyond Conference
Mark New, Reader in Climate Science at the School of Geography and the Environment, introduces the 4 Degrees and Beyond conference, its main themes and why it was important
Ocean Circulation and Climate: Observing and Modelling the Global Ocean
The oceans are a critical component of the climate system, storing roughly 1000 times as much heat, and 50 times as much carbon, as the atmosphere. In this talk, Professor David Marshall (21st Century Ocean Institute, University of Oxford) will discuss the challenges of predicting the evolution of a complex system that is grossly under-sampled and spans a bewildering range of scales in both space and time. These challenges will be illustrated through the important but over-sensationalised proble
Climate change is a key issue on today’s social and political agenda. This unit explores the basic science that underpins climate change and global warming.
Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth
This unit focuses on the problem of green-house gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and explores what you can do to lighten those emissions to help reduce the rate of climate change.
Freedom from Oil
Based on his book, Freedom from Oil, Sandalow gives a public lecture which draws on both his government experience and energy expertise to explore options, shape solutions and create national policy to address the United States' oil addiction. David Sandalow is Energy and Environment Scholar and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill October 2007). Sandalow is Chair of the Energy and Climate Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Blueprint for a Safer Planet
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, a world renowned economist and leading authority on climate change, came to the 21st Century School on Thursday 7 May to give a lecture about his "Blueprint for a Safer Planet". Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, a world renowned economist and leading authority on climate change, came to the 21st Century School on Thursday 7 May to give a lecture about his "Blueprint for a Safer Planet". Lord Stern made headlines in 2006 with the publication of the influential Stern Re
Repairing Economic Governance
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and internationally renowned economic advisor, talks about the need to take a systematic long view in repairing international economic governance structures. Professor Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 t
Geoengineering the climate
Geoengineering the climate: Science, Governance and Uncertainty: The Royal Society Study - John Shepherd (NOCS) The climate change we are experiencing now is caused by an increase in greenhouse gases due to human activities, including burning fossil fuels, agriculture and deforestation. There is now widespread belief that a global warming of greater than 2C above pre-industrial levels would be dangerous and should therefore be avoided. However, despite growing concerns over climate change, gl
Climate change and marine ecosystems: have dangerous changes already begun?
Special seminar from the James Martin 21st Century School: Climate change and marine ecosystems: have dangerous changes already begun? The Earth's ocean is central to the conditions experienced on our planet, regulating its atmosphere, climate and biology. Recent evidence, however, suggests that the physical and chemical conditions within the ocean are changing in ways that are rapidly moving outside those experienced for millions of years with major changes to ocean temperature, acidity, sea ic
The Cork in the Bottle: The Changing Climate of U.S. Politics
Professor David Orr discusses US climate policy and in particular the President's Climate Action Project which he helped to launch and fund. This project aims at the initial climate actions in the first 100 days of the next US administration.