Forum to look at how to tackle climate change

There’s growing concern among climate experts that just reducing greenhouse gas emissions is unlikely to be enough to prevent dangerous climate change.

A conference to be held at Canberra’s Shine Dome from October 30-31 will examine the need for some form of ‘negative emissions’ – the process of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

The Australian University (ANU) is running the event in partnership with the University of Tasmania, the CSIRO, the Australian Research Council (ARC), the National Committee for Earth System Science (NCEES) and Future Earth Australia.

Local and international climate experts will explore what options are currently available, and what options could be developed in the coming decades.

They’ll look at the risks and benefits of different approaches, including feasibility, and environmental and societal impacts.

Organisers say the main objective is to ensure Australia plays a leading role in the growing debate around negative emissions.

Speakers at the conference include:

•           Pep Canadell: Executive Director, Global Carbon Project

•           Clare Heyward: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

•           Jessica Strefler: Potsdam Institute for Climate

•           Andreas Oschlies: Professor of Marine Biogeochemical Modelling at IFM-GEOMAR

•           Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery: Soils For Life patron

•           Wil Burns: Co-Director, Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy

The conference will be opened by John Hewson, Honorary Professor with the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.

A full program is available online.


WHAT: Negative Emissions Conference: Integrating Industry, Technology and Society for Carbon Drawdown

WHERE: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, ACT

WHEN: 30-31 October 2018

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