Climate Change Month at Real Scientists

Climate Change Month at @realscientists. Art work by James Hutson

Climate Change Month at @realscientists. Art work by James Hutson


This month Real Scientists presents four curators talking about Climate Change. We’ve partnered with the international scientific conference Our Common Future Under Climate Change to bring you live tweets and coverage of the conference.  We also have three other scientists involved in climate change research to talk about their work, everything from modelling, to forests, to mitigation. Our press release can be found here. We’ll be introducing each curator at the beginning of each week. Here’s a quick look at who we’ll be hosting and what they’ll be talking about.


July 5-12: Our Common Future Under Climate Change

We’re starting with Associate Professor Kimberly Nicholas, of Lund University, Sweden, who will be covering the Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference in Paris, beginning tonight. You can find out more about the conference from their website and the programme here.

Some of the conference items that will be covered by Kim include:

  • Latest analysis of data on global emissions peaking: For the first time global GHG emissions were lower in 2014 than in the previous year, with no economic recession. Was it an accident or is a new trend? What is the meaning of a Chinese coal consumption in February 2015 30% lower than in February 2014?
  • How close is China to a point of major structural transition– a look at the most recent data trends, and its pathway ahead
  • Carlos Nobre on how Brazil can achieve a pathway to zero carbon. What prospects on mitigation for India and leading African economies?
  • Joseph E. Stiglitz on bridging the carbon gap in the context of the financial crisis
  • Nabojsa Nakicenovic and Diana Urge Vorsatz on developed countries: they are not condemned to ‘degrowth’ to stabilise temperatures around 2°C, but need to redirect development patterns (not only technical change but also consumption patterns):
  • Shukla Pryadarshi on developing countries: although they need to increase their GHGs emissions for a few decades, they also need strong international climate policies to avoid highly carbon intensive pathways in the long-term.
  • Negative emissions, including BECCS: Uncertainty persists around the feasibility of many negative emissions scenarios (for example, land, water and nutrient availability, availability of storage reservoirs). A look at impacts and limitations.
  • Christoph Bertram on carbon pricing and Nicolas Koch on the EU emissions trading scheme.
  • On oceans and climate change: two high level new science papers pending publication: “Climate change and a metabolic constraint on marine habitats” and “Contrasting futures for ocean and society from different CO2 emission scenarios”(as part of the Oceans 2015 initiative supported by IDDRI)
  • How to protect ports in small island states and first results from the biggest coral-planting project in the world off the Maldives.



July 12-18 Dr Gavin Schmidt, NASA GISS

Gavin Schmidt, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Principal Investigator for the GISS Model E Earth System Model, is interested in understanding past, present and future climate and the impacts of multipledrivers of climate change, including solar irradiance, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, and greenhouse gases. He’ll be covering bservations over time (from deep time to today), basic physical concepts, climate simulations, how we build understanding of the climate system itself and what that means for the future.


July 19-25  Dr Corey Bradshaw 

Corey Bradshaw, Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change and director of The Environment Institute’s Climate and Ecology Centre and the School of Biological Sciences’ Global Change Ecology Lab at the University of Adelaide. Corey is interested many areas of research, and will be looking at things like population dynamics, extinction theory, palaeo-ecology, sustainability, invasion biology, community ecology, and climate change impacts & mitigation. He uses mathematical modelling to study sustainability; trying to get to the heart of how humans live on this planet and how we can make our existence more sustainable.


July 26- Aug 1  Dr Michael SanClemens 

Mike SanClements is Deputy Director at The NationalEcological Observatory Network (NEON) and affiliate faculty at the Institue of Arcticand Alpine Research, University of Colorado Boulder. As a bio-geochemist, his work looks at forested systems and their associated waters. He’s interested in the carbon cycle, phosphorus and nitrogen cycles across soil and water and how they exchange across these systems.

It all begins today. If you’d like more information or to get in touch with any of our curators, please get in touch with us here.


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