The evidence is based, in part, on the research project Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain (RESNET); a collaboration between Manchester and Newcastle Universities and the National Grid. Amongst others, the House of Lords committee included reputable scientists, for example Martin Rees and Robert Winston, renown climate sceptic and previous Chair of Northern Rock, Mat Ridley, and climate sceptic/denier William Wade.
17 Dec. 2013. “Professor Kevin Anderson on shale gas, civil disobedience and Barton Moss #Manchester #climate” Manchester Climate Monthly
Interview by Marc Hudson … “This is a clip from a longer interview, conducted on Tuesday 17th December which covered the recent Radical Emissions Reduction Conference at the Royal Society, the UNFCCC talks in Warsaw, time machines, psychological denial and other topics. That 38 minute interview will go up very soon.”
21 Nov. 2013. “We Have to Consume Less”: Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate Crisis Democracy Now
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interviewed Alice Bows-Larkin and I about our research and our contribution to the Warsaw international negotiations on climate change (COP19). In particular we discussed how meeting the 2°C obligation demands radical and immediate reductions in energy consumption (and hence emissions), and how this was now as much an equity as a technical issue.
Taken from the COP19 site:
“COP19 (20/11/13) – Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre talks about why wrestling climate change away from economists can help drive policy-makers away from economic arguments and bring emissions down.
He says since the first major scientific report on climate change came out in 1990, the world’s emissions have risen every year and are almost 60% higher then they were. In addition, since 2007, we have pumped 200 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As a result, Anderson says we have squandered most of the carbon budget that was created to tackle climate change in 1992.
He says most of the emissions come from a small proportion of the population. As a result, we need to look at persuading this group of people to reduce their emissions. For example, he says we need to make household products, such as refrigerators and cars, more efficient.
Anderson also says that it is unreasonable to expect poorer countries not to develop as wealthier countries have done, but that we should encourage them to look to low carbon energy systems. In fact, he says wealthier countries should pay the difference in the price between high and low carbon energy options to poorer countries because it is their moral responsibility.”
The session noted the importance of shale gas resource potential – on which there was broad agreement amongst the witnesses; concerns over local environment impact – on which there was some debate; the economic/financial implications – with witnesses sharing similar views; and climate change – a subject not raised by any member and when brought up by witnesses either shut down or flippantly dismissed by the chair.
For a brief account of the dismal and partisan chairing of the hearing see: Prejudiced chair of Welsh Affairs Committee devalues shale gas hearing
Video: Anderson gives evidence on shale gas to UK Parliamentary committee
(Note: session starts at 10.37 on the podcast clock)
In an hour of questioning at the UK parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee Anderson outlines how the development of shale gas in the UK is fundamentally incompatible with the UK’s international commitments on climate change (Copenhagen Accord and Cancun Agreement) as well its own national Low Carbon Transition Plan. If the UK wishes to renege on its stringent international commitments but abide by its weak carbon budgets there is a very small emission space for using shale-gas. However, the UK’s repeated commitments on 2C do not permit any such combustion of shale gas. He also draws attention to the glaring and internal inconsistency of a government that evokes the benefits of free markets then proceeding to explicitly choose winners – i.e. 37 GW of gas generation (as per Osbourne’s “Gas Strategy”)!
Nov 2012 Real Clothes for the Emperor: facing the challenges of climate change
With global carbon dioxide emissions for 2011 – a year of economic recession and upheaval in the West – up by 3.2% on the 2010 figure, which itself was up 6% on 2009, we are entering uncharted waters. This seminar lays out the case for concern and, perhaps more importantly, demonstrates how the early harnessing of human will and ingenuity may still offer opportunities to deliver relatively low-carbon and climate-resilient communities.
ABSTRACT for the talk
PDF version of Cabot Seminar anderson slides. Please note this is a pdf version and not the powerpoint slides themselves, so some of the animation (and hence information) is not visible
Presentation: From rhetoric to reality – facing the challenges of climate change
Video: Rhetoric to Reality
This presentation, with a focus on Manchester, provided the climate change framing for the Adapting the City summit – the final event of The Bruntwood Initiative for Sustainable Cities (EcoCities). The summit was for policy, business and third-sector decision makers from across the North West of England and included an introduction by Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, Mike Oglesby, Chairman of Bruntwood and Professor Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor of The University of Manchester.