Climate change: a risky business

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 18 May

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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  • Drought is just one of many climate risks to mitigate

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Event description

How do we know how the climate is changing? How can we assess the risk to our lives, homes, businesses and communities? And how are people mitigating those risks in their everyday jobs, from engineering to finance?

Join a panel of experts as they discuss the risks posed by climate change and what we can do to mitigate them or adapt to them.

This event is part of our new series on the climate crisis in partnership with the Grantham Institute.

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About the speakers

Crystal Moore is Deputy Director - National Resilience and Planning at the Environment Agency. She is the executive resilience and strategic lead for incident management policy, working closely with UK government. Her current focus includes leading the national organisational response to Covid-19, innovation including artificial intelligence technology led change and the impactful communication of science.

Gaurav Ganguly is the Head of Group Risk Economics at HSBC. He manages economic forecasting and scenario analysis needed to run stress tests, calculate loan impairments and to set HSBC’s business plan. Gaurav has worked in a variety of roles in risk in insurance and banking, including sovereign risk, credit risk modelling and economic analysis. Gaurav joined HSBC in 2014 prior to which he was at Barclays where he managed a research and analytics group in Portfolio Risk. In addition to his role at HSBC, he is currently a Research Fellow in Green Finance at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College, in London.

He has a PhD in Economics from Oxford University.

Joanna Haigh was Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College from 2014 until her retirement in 2019. For the previous 5 years she was Head of the Department of Physics.  Jo's scientific interests include radiative transfer in the atmosphere, climate modelling, radiative forcing of climate change and the influence of solar irradiance variability on climate. She has published widely on these topics in the scientific literature and also contributed to numerous items to the written and broadcast popular media. She has been President of the Royal Meteorological Society, Editor of Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and of the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and acted on many UK and international panels.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the City & Guilds and the Royal Meteorological Society and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford.  She was awarded the Institute of Physics Charles Chree Medal and Prize 2004, the Royal Meteorological Society Adrian Gill Prize 2010 and appointed CBE in the 2013 New Years Honours.

The event will be chaired by Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme at Chatham House.


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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