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Climate Change:Tackling the Global Threat

Original Broadcast Date:
November 28, 2015(UTC)

In the seventh episode of this series, panellists tackle global warming: its social and economic effects, along with measures to halt climate change.

All around the world, super-typhoons, record-breaking heat waves, and other such extreme weather events are occurring with greater regularity. The United Nations has joined international climate experts in warning that, as global warming proceeds, the frequency and severity of these events seems likely to increase.

Starting 30th November, Paris will host COP21, the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The aim of this conference is to achieve agreement on a new framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, one that includes all the countries of the world. But a divide remains between developing countries and the industrialised world on a range of issues, including mandatory cuts. Even if an agreement is reached, many believe that the emissions reduction targets that many nations propose will fall short of the UN's aim of limiting global temperature rise to no more than two degrees higher than pre-Industrial Revolution temperatures.

Sustainable energy has long been seen as key to combating global warming. But the move toward renewables has been stalled by worldwide economic problems. Meanwhile, despite unresolved concerns about the safety of nuclear power, a number of countries have put forward plans to increase their reliance on this form of energy. Uncertainty is growing over what kind of future the global community envisions for itself.

This programme aims to consider the threat climate change poses to our planet and propose possible solutions.

Panelists

Ruth Kattumuri

Co-Director of the Asia Research Centre and India Observatory at the London School of Economics.

Jim Skea

Expert in interests in energy, Professor, climate change and technological innovation at Imperial College London, and co-Chair of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Rintaro Tamaki

Deputy Secretary-General of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), working improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

Moderator

Sir Brian Hoskins

Deputy Secretary-General of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), working improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world.