We at the Tyndall Centre are convening fourteen sessions at the forthcoming Planet Under Pressure scientific conference in London, March 26-29.
Our sessions comprehensively span all four days of the conference – we have some events stating and analysing the problem with more of our sessions focusing on overcoming challenges and the ways ahead.
Based on the latest scientific evidence, the London Planet Under Pressure conference will provide a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under. The London conference will focus the scientific community’s and the wider world’s attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation.
The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference, also in 2012.
Guiding the direction for the conference is the International Council for Science’s five grand challenges for global sustainability research: observations, forecasting, thresholds, governance and economic requirements, and innovation (technological, political and societal). The conference will also support international assessment processes, for example the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the new biodiversity assessment, plus the Millennium Development Goals.
The programme will be designed to attract senior policymakers, industry leaders, NGOs, young scientists, the media, health specialists, and academics from many disciplines.
A new vision for trans-disciplinary research and broader partnerships
The London conference will act as a platform to strengthen and enlarge the global-change research community and mark a move to a new vision for global-change research. Further, the vision is for a conference that connects leading social and natural scientists with business, investors and the development agenda to create a new understanding and environment for tackling global sustainability challenges.
Solutions that cross scales
Working across scales will be a strong theme for the conference. The scientific community will stress that there must be many governance and technological solutions at all levels, from local and national, to regional and global. It will stress that while there are many threats, global change also provides many opportunities.
The event will include strong policy interaction and a dedicated policy day. Through workshops and seminars, delegates will be encouraged to discuss options and solutions to climate change, energy, food security, water, poverty and other pressing issues.
Posters at Planet Under Pressure
In addition to convening many speaking sessions, researchers from the Tyndall Centre are producing posters describing their work.
- - Impacts of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies to rising sea levels in Europe throughout the 21st century - Sally Brown, State of the Planet, Monday 26 March 2012 (16:00, Room 8)
- - Privileged actors in policymaking: a case study of the UK aviation industry - Lauren Roffey, Environmental Governance, Monday 26th March, Poster Session 1
- - More fertiliser for more food? - Delphine Deryng, Intensifying agriculture within planetary boundaries, Tuesday 27th March
- - Impacts and Responses to Sea-Level Rise - Robert Nicholls, Options and opportunities, Tuesday 27th March (14:00, Room 8)
- - The Seasonal Cycle of Sea Level around Australia - Ivan Haigh, Options and opportunities, Tuesday 27th March (14:00, Room 8)
- - Sea-level rise and impacts projections under a future scenario with large greenhouse gas reductions - A.K. Pardaens, Options and opportunities, Tuesday 27th March (14:00, Room 8)
- - The challenge of integration in city scale analysis: case studies in Durban and London - Claire Walsh, The challenge of integration in city scale analysis, Poster Session 2, Tuesday 27th March, 17.30 - 19.30
- - Implications of infrastructure interdependencies on resilience - Richard Dawson, The challenge of integration in city scale analysis, Poster Session 2, Tuesday 27th March, 17.30 - 19.30
- - Climate change and conflict over water in the Niger River Basin - Marisa Goulden, Water, Poster Session 2, Tuesday 27th March, 17.30 – 19.30
- - Change, innovation and energy demand reduction: community led initiatives as seen through the lens of "energy biographies" - Karen Parkhill, Poster Session 2, Resilient Communities, Tuesday 27th March
- - The health and social dimensions of resilience - Raquel Nunes, Climate Change Adaptation, Poster Session 3, Wednesday 28th March, 17:30
- - Climate change adaptation and mitigation in the UK food system - Laura Thom, Climate mitigation and adaptation in food supply chains, Poster Session 3, Wednesday 28th March, 17:30
- - Adaptation and mitigation of wheat production in the UK to climate change - Mirjam Röder, Climate mitigation and adaptation in food supply chains, Poster Session 3, Wednesday 28th March, 17:30
- - Can we avoid dangerous climate change? - Rachel Warren, Poster Session 3, Wednesday 28th March, 17:30
- - Is climate change scepticism a psychological defense against threatening information? - Lorraine Whitmarsh, Poster Session 3, Wednesday 28th March, 17.30