With guest speaker: Professor Sir David King, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge; Founder and Chair of the Centre for Climate Repair in the University; an Affiliate Partner of SYSTEMIQ Limited; and Senior Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda.

Faced with accelerating global impacts of climate change, Sir David King will show that our planet and our civilisation can still win back the chance of surviving and even thriving. The immediate threats from rising temperatures are the threats multiple deaths from heat stress and changes in rainfall and climate resulting in food shortages that would threaten global food supplies. But in the short term the rise in global sea levels could threaten coastal communities and mega-cities such as Jakarta and Calcutta and countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam, over the coming three or four decades. In the longer term sea-level rise would dramatically change the map of the world over the coming centuries. The strategy developed in the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge provides the opportunities to manage these risks.
The strategy has four components:

  1. Deep and rapid emissions reduction and termination of deforestation.
  2. Greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere at scale to return the atmosphere to close to the pre-industrial level.
  3. Buy time by finding the processes needed to refreeze the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Himalayas.
  4. Promote agile and appropriate political, business and investment responses, offering a wide range of entrepreneurial opportunities. Global action is now needed without delay.

Chaired by Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge’s major climate change initiative.

Registration: 18:25-18:30
Panel talk: 18:30-20:00
Networking: 20:00-20:30

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David King

Professor Sir David King

Professor Sir David King was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 2000-2007, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, 2013-2017. He has travelled widely to persuade all countries to take action on climate change. He initiated an indepth risk analysis approach to climate change, working with the governments of China and India in particular, and initiated a collaborative programme, now known as Mission Innovation, to create a £23 billion per annum research and development international exercise, which involves 22 countries and the European Commission, to deliver all technologies needed to complete the transition into a fossil-fuel-free world economy. As Government Chief Scientific Adviser he raised the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the British £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991; Foreign Fellow of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences in 2002; knighted in 2003; made “Officier dans l’ordre national
de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2009.

Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge’s major climate change initiative. She is also Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology and leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER).

She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

She worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group. Prior to that she undertook research at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

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