“Hot off the Press: What’s new in climate science.”
Speaker: Professor Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change, Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds
This event is free to attend and non-members are welcome.
Refreshments available from 5:40pm.
Lecture Room CO.14, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH
For over 20 years, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) has provided assessments of climate change research. The IPCC’s First Assessment Report in 1990 played a decisive role in leading to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the second assessment report led to the Kyoto Protocol signing in 1997. After the publication of the fourth assessment report in 2007, the IPCC was joint recipient of the Nobel Peace prize. The physical science part of the Fifth Assessment Report, will be released at the end of September 2013. This will provide an update of knowledge related to climate change including information on: recent climate change, the carbon cycle and sea-level rise. It will also produce a set of updated climate projections out until 2100. Piers Forster was one of the lead authors of this report and of past reports. He also helped write the summary for policy makers that will be signed off at a 10 day meeting in Stockholm in September by the World’s governments. He will present his own take on the report, answering questions on the state of climate science and its policy implications.