The Embassy of Switzerland in India is organising a public lecture on
Climate Change: Too late for 2°C?
Monday, 7 September 2015 from 6:00 p.m. (starting with high tea)
At Multipurpose Hall, Kamaladevi Block, Ground Floor, India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
Anthropogenic climate change is “one of the greatest challenges of our time” as affirmed by the governments of the world. The latest comprehensive assessment- Climate Change 2014: The Synthesis Report- by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documents a rapidly and profoundly changing Earth System and provides the latest understanding of future changes and impacts. The most important findings are: (i) Human influence on the climate system is clear, (ii) Limiting climate change would require substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, which, together with adaptation, can limit climate change risks; and (iii) Many adaptation and mitigation options can help address climate change, but no single option is sufficient by itself. These scientific findings create an urgency for decisions and actions in order to limit global warming to 2°C.
Prof. Thomas Stocker has served as a Coordinating Lead Author in the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of IPCC and was elected Co-Chair of Working Group I for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. He was born in Zürich, Switzerland and obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences at ETH Zürich in 1987. His research encompasses the development of climate models, modelling past and future climate change and ice core based paleoclimatic assessment in Greenland and Antarctica. He has held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and at the University of Hawai’i (Honolulu). Since 1993, he is a Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. Prof. Thomas Stocker has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers. He was awarded a Dr Honoris Causa of the University of Versailles (France) in 2006 and the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2009. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.