Panel Discussion with Reception: "Climate Politics at the Crossroads"

Monday, 18. August 2014 - 18:30 to 22:30
Aurora Borealis 2+3

Panel Description:

Continuously rising global greenhouse gas emissions and the slow progress of international climate negotiations are often cited as reasons for the increased attention that is being paid to climate engineering. The question arises: how will the emergence of climate engineering research and its rapidly increasing prominence, for example in the IPCC and various national and international research programs, influence climate policy? Is climate engineering something that policy-makers should take seriously, even at this early stage? How might it alter the prospects for global cooperation on climate change? What are some of the risks and opportunities that climate engineering brings to the table, and how might they be managed to ensure that any engagement by policy communities on this issue is scientifically and ethically sound? This panel of eminent scientists and policy-makers with extensive experience in climate science and the climate policy arena will provide various perspectives on some of these contentious questions. The plenary will also feature a lengthy question and answer session to allow the audience to frame the discussion around some of their own curiosities.

The plenary discussion will open with an impulse presentation by Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.

Special notes:

Will be followed by a reception