Our Common Future under Climate Change International Science Conference- News from July 9-10, 2015, Paris, France

By Magdalena A K Muir, Climate Editor

At the closing plenary on July 10th, conference Scientific Committee Chair Chris Field summarizes the implications of the meeting for the science agenda moving forward. IPCC chairman Ismail El Gizouli provides an overview of the science landscape. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Segolène Royal, French Minister for Sustainable Development, Environment & Energy will also share their views. It is hoped that the conference will send a strong message to policy-makers to agree on an ambitious deal at the Paris negotiations in December.

On July 9th, the conference focused on responding to the challenges of climate change. Many speakers highlighted the urgency of reducing emissions to lessen the risks of climate change, and possible solutions. Saleemul Huq, International Institute for Environment and Development, noted that adaptation is not just dealing with risks, but taking opportunities to change. He cautioned that it is doubtful that adaptation can be a solution in 3 or 4 degree warmer world, sharpening the need for mitigation. Several speakers highlighted the need to articulate an attractive vision of a low-carbon future. In the plenary, Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency, noted that not only visions, but specific targets will be critical to send the signal for emitters like the energy sector to meet ambitious goals, including an emissions peak in 2020.

With respects to conference outreach and social media, there are extensive tweets; with  79 presentations and 57 posters available on the Slideshare page; and videos being continually uploaded to Youtube page, with eventual uploading of  recordings of many sessions. The Guardian, reporting from the conference, ran a story on how fossil fuel firms risk wasting billions by ignoring climate change. Bloomberg spoke with Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University and he is pessimistic about the potential of the climate change negotiations in December. There is a story in Le Figaro with “climat : à la recherche de solutions concrètes” and Les Echos with “le climat met la recherche scientifique en ébullition”.

Further information

Videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQSkqUkg9mBsipnmYaNArwg

All slides on Slide Share  http://www.slideshare.net/CFCC15

Twitter https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CFCC15&src=tyah

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