You’re spoilt next week. After Tuesday 25th’s “Climate Action in Manchester – where next?” meeting, on the Thursday there will be an important free meeting at the University of Manchester. Professor Corinne Le Quéré will look at how much carbon we as a species have been putting up into the atmosphere recently (as opposed to how much we hoped we would/promised we would), and where that is going. For added larfs she’ll also look at what China’s emissions are going to look like over the next few years, and What It All Means.
This should be very good indeed. Bring tissues, and programme the Samaritans’ phone number into your mobiles’ speed-dial.
Recent trends in CO2 emissions and sinks and their implications for global
Professor Corinne Le Quéré, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change
Date: Thursday 27th February, 4.00pm
Venue: C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street, University of Manchester
CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels have increased by 2.7% per year on average over the past decade, and are now 61% above 1990 levels, the reference year for the Kyoto Protocol. Recent emissions followed the most carbon-intensive emissions scenario considered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their recent report, leading to 3.2-5.4 degrees of warming above pre-industrial temperatures. This presentation will review recent trends in CO2 emissions and their partitioning in the environment. It will present short-term projections of emissions for China and the
world, and discuss the implications of cumulative emissions for global climate change.
Corinne Le Quéré is Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle, focussing on recent trends in emissions and sinks, their drivers and persistence over decades to century. Prof Le Quéré was author of the 3rd, 4th and 5th (ongoing) Assessments of the IPCC, and co-leads the annual publication of Global Carbon Budgets by the Global Carbon Project. She holds a B.Sc. in physics from University of Montréal and a Ph.D. in oceanography from University Pierre et Marie Curie.