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Climate Change is Now

Dr Hugh Hunt

Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

2017 has been a bad year for climate impacts, affecting many parts of both the developed and developing world. I am chair of the  Cambridge Climate Lecture Series and the 2018 series is focussing on the action that is taking place now and how it is going to shape the world for future generations.  We have put together an exciting programme of speakers leading up to the Science Festival panel event on 15 March

The Paris agreement at COP21 formalized the concept of "Loss and Damage". Our first speaker, on 15 February, is Saleemul Huq from Bangladesh who believes that it time to make climate polluters pay for the losses and the damage they cause.  "Damage" to infrastructure can be repaired, but "Loss" of lives, habitats and species is irreversible.

Renée Karunungan , from the Philippines, is currently Climate Tracker's Outreach Manager and was named by The Guardian as one of the "Young Climate Campaigners to Watch Before the UN Paris Summit" in 2015.  She speaks on 22 February.

The European Space Agency is in a great position to view the Earth from a distance and Stephen Briggs who heads up Earth Observation at ESA speaks on 1 March about the signs of climate change visible from space. 

Lisa Walker, who speaks on 8 March, has experience working in the oil and gas industry but now runs Ecosphere+ working with high-quality forest carbon projects and sustainably produced commodities to help protect our planet's natural assets.

The panel event at the Science Festival on 15 March will be chaired by Oliver Morton, with panelists Lisa Walker and Renée Karunungan. They are joined by Sir David King, the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007 during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute.

For details of all lectures in the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series visit:


Climate change is now

7.30PM – 9PM