Lecture to highlight need for climate change action

Lecture to highlight need for climate change action

An Aberdeen academic will outline the radical and immediate action which must be taken by government to combat climate change, tomorrow evening (Thursday 23 April) as part of a controversial lecture series hosted by the University of Aberdeen.

In his lecture Global Warming: the View of the IPCC, Professor of Soils & Global Change at the University, Pete Smith will impress that the UK and Scottish governments must act now to achieve their target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, in order to avoid severe consequences for human life and ecosystems worldwide.

Professor Smith's lecture is part of the University's Energy Controversies series which brings together leading international industry and academic experts to discuss the current challenges and debates facing the energy sector. 

An author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – a group of approximately 2000 scientists tasked with informing governments across the globe on climate change - Professor Smith will provide an insight into the ways in which society must change at his lecture which begins at 6pm at King's College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen.

He will outline the IPCC's ongoing efforts to better understand the reasons for climate change, how to adapt to its consequences, and most crucially how to reverse the trends in greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change.

Aimed at influencing energy and social policy at a local and national level, highly topical issues covered across the Energy Controversies series include the exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves and their imminent decline as an energy source, the impact of the changing political climate on the energy industry, and the concern surrounding the environmental impact of our continued use of fossil fuels.

The final lecture in the Energy Controversies series, Nationalism and Energy in the 'New Cold War' by Dr David Galbreath, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, will take place on Thursday 30 April. 

Dr Galbreath's lecture will also be held in the King's College Conference Centre and begin at 6pm.

Anyone interested in booking a free place for these lectures should visit www.abdn.ac.uk/energycontroversies or telephone the University of Aberdeen Events Office on 01224 273874.