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Episode 17: Professor Kevin Anderson| Climate Change Warning

Professor Kevin Anderson is an important – and outspoken – voice on how our emissions today are locking in dangerous levels of climate change and how we need immediate and strong action now, individually and collectively, if we are to bequeath our children a safe and secure future. He is the Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research holds a joint chair in Energy and Climate Change at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and in Climate Change Leadership at the Univeristy of Uppsala in Sweden. Kevin engages with all tiers of government, within the UK, Sweden and the wider EU.

In this podcast, Kevin presents a stark vision of a world on the brink of catastrophic climate change—and argues that there is now no way to address this challenge without radical economic and social change. With a strong focus on the need for institutional change, Kevin draws attention to the urgent need to transform our energy infrastructure from a high- to zero-carbon over the coming decades. He weighs up various different policies to achieve this–and expresses strong concerns about overreliance on new technologies to deal with climate change (largely technologies that would remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere).

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