Climate seminar 4: Climate science and policy - tales of the unexpected

8 February 2018, 5:30pm


Climate science and policy: tales of the unexpected

Popular narratives of climate policy may suggest slow-moving and incremental development over the last few decades, lagging behind the clear and comprehensive evidence provided by scientists. But reality is not so simple: the process of policymaking itself can throw up new questions and evidence gaps. Some policies have had surprising and far-reaching consequences for the direction of climate research. In other cases little-explored details in scientific reports have gone on to play important policy roles, whether intended by scientists or not.

This talk will tell the stories of three such unexpected developments in the relationship between science and climate policy - emission metrics, adaptation reporting and the 1.5°C goal - and go on to highlight how these surprises connect to some of today's priorities for climate research.

Seminar 4 of the 2018 Climate Change Seminar Series

Date: Thursday 8 February 2018

Time: 17:30-19:00

Venue: Plumb Auditorium, Christ's College, with a reception to follow (map)

Networking and drinks will follow.


Dr Steve Smith, Head of Climate Science at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

For information on other seminars in this series, please click here.

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