Can we repair our climate?

6.30pm to 8.00pm, Thursday 4 July

The Conversation Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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  • Melting arctic ice is just one of the potentially devastating effects of global heating

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Event description

If the current climate trends continue, we will soon experience dangerous and irreversible damage to the planet. In response, scientists in Cambridge are setting up a new research centre to develop new ways to repair the Earth's climate. It will investigate radical approaches such as refreezing the Earth's poles and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Join a panel of experts including Sir David King, Baroness Bryony Worthington, Hugh Hunt and Mike Childs who will discuss the potential effectiveness of such approaches, the unintended consequences they may have and the costs of such large and dramatic interventions.

Please note this event starts at the earlier time of 6.30pm. 

About the speakers

Sir David King was the permanent Special Representative for Climate Change from September 2013 until March 2017. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute.

Baroness Bryony Worthington is the UK Labour Party's Shadow Minister on Energy & Climate Change. An experienced climate campaigner who has worked for Friends of the Earth, Wildlife and Countryside Link, in government, and in the energy sector for SSE. Bryony was a key member of the team that campaigned for and drafted the UK's world-leading Climate Change Act, setting legally binding targets to largely decarbonise the UK by 2050.

Hugh Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College. His principal interests are in dynamics and vibration, gyroscopes and boomerangs. His most recent research is in the fields of renewable energy and geoengineering, including the SPICE project - technology for cooling the Earth by 2 degrees C if CO2 emissions targets are not met. Other research includes the control of vibration from underground railway, bells and clocks and wind turbines.

Mike Childs is head of science, policy and research for Friends of the Earth. He joined Friends of the Earth in 1989, because he believed it had a human dimension and he was concerned about development issues. He worked as a campaigner, volunteer and then a regional and national officer. He has led campaigns on many issues, including climate change and carcinogens emitted by factories.


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