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Climate Change - Myth Or Mitigation

When:

Sat 8 Oct 2011, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Theosophical Society Hall, 304 Church St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General: $5.00
  • Members: $2.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: PNTS

With Professor Ralph Sims.

The science is very strongly showing that our planet is warming and that this is most probably due to human actions. Those not wishing to believe the science or who may feel threatened by the inevitable energy transition are undertaking a successful campaign to undermine the science. However, there are solutions that give multi-benefits including climate-change mitigation, energy security, social cohesion etc.

Whether society is willing to accept these solutions is the question.

Nobody likes change, never mind being told that their present lifestyles may need to be adapted. So what is the way forward to avoid climate risks to our future generations living on planet earth?

Ralph Sims began his career in Sustainable Energy at Massey University, NZ in 1971 making and testing biodiesel. He has now returned, after 4 years based at the IEA (International Energy Agency) in Paris as a senior analyst working on Renewable Energy and climate change mitigation, to his position of Professor of Sustainable Energy, and Director, Centre for Energy Research.

He has been a lead author for 4 reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace prize jointly with Al Gore. He led the chapter on “Energy Supply” in the IPCC 4th Assessment Report, the “Integration” chapter in the recent IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy for Climate Change Mitigation and will be leading the “Transport” chapter of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report over the next 3 years. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers and of the UK Institute of Agricultural Engineers, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) of which he was a Ministerial Board Member appointee for 3 terms.

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