Restoring the Carbon Budget - Session 1: The Budget Imperative
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Arizona State University to Host a Three Webinar Series on "Restoring the Carbon Budget" December 15, 2016 -1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST http://bit.ly/2fhqvxM
ASU-logoRestoring the Carbon Budget - Session 1: The Budget Imperative
The capacity of the Earth's atmosphere to safely hold excess carbon without too much warming is limited. The situation is growing more urgent. Even after the December 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, the pace to transform economies away from dumping fossil carbon into the atmosphere will likely be too slow to achieve the goal of holding the temperature increase to two degrees Celsius.
Unless that pace is dramatically accelerated, the planet will almost certainly exceed its "carbon budget" within two decades, if it hasn't already. This concern has led the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to conclude that Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs), which remove CO2 from the air, will be needed to meet climate goals.
However, NETs are still in the research, development or demonstration stages of commercialization and may not be ready in time, or feasible at the necessary scale. That poses a conundrum. Technologies cannot develop without policy drivers; policy cannot lead the way without the assurance of demonstrably affordable and scalable technologies
WEBINAR: Lancet Countdown on Public Health and Climate Change
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM EST
The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions and practitioners across the world.
Announced at COP 22, Countdown will track progress on health and climate change. It follows on from the work of the 2015 Lancet Commission, which concluded that the response to climate change could be "the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century". Countdown will develop indicators to track the world's response to climate change, and the health benefits that result.
Countdown will actively seek to engage with existing monitoring processes, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and World Health Organization's climate and health country profiles. The indicators will also evolve over time through ongoing collaboration with experts and a range of stakeholders, and be dependent on the emergence of new evidence and knowledge. This is especially relevant to the public health practitioner and public health research communities, because of the collaborative nature of the initiative.
Join Island Press, the Public Health Institute and the Security and Sustainability Forum for the US introduction of Countdown.