IPCC co-chair Chris Field: "There are huge opportunities for growth in renewables"
- 22 April 2014
LONDON: Today we hosted a live Q&A with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) co-chair Dr Chris Field, focused on HOW the world can build a #CleanRevolution, in light of the critical IPCC climate reports.
The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) findings have dominated headlines recently, making clear that a huge scale-up of the clean technology and policy that already exists is needed to curb climate change: a global clean revolution. This live Twitter session gave you the chance to speak directly to one of the lead authors and co-chair of IPCC Working Group II (WGII): Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, Dr. Chris Field to find out exactly how we can achieve a safer, better, cleaner future.
Here's a round up of some of the most interesting conversation points of the session, which began by Dr Chris Field tackling some questions around the different avenues of opportunity in securing a low carbon future - and how to reach these pathways:
@swimsure hard to imagine a program that is successful without a price on carbon -- details might vary among countries— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
And soon questions came thick and fast, focused largely on subsidies and incentives around cheaper renewables technologies, as well as adaptation. Here are just a few of the areas that were covered during the session:
@BAINltd so much energy is consumed by buildings, and there are so many good technologies for improving this— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
@TrillionFund absolutely, some combination of falling prices on renewables and a rising price on carbon emissions need to work together— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
@ilhamtalab yes, we definitely need to find ways to increase financial flows to renewables, starting with removing subsidies for fossil— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
@RebeccaFHarding right now, we need to encourage all renewables and learn by doing -- some will expand more than others— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
Chris suggested advanced genetics, irrigation and management, as well as recognition of traditional knowledge, as ways to future-proof farming methods ahead of extreme weather. The issue of agriculture led to discussion about the importance of long-term conversations across all sectors in ensuring urgent action, which lessens the high costs of corrective adaptation at a later stage.
@agCCadviser farming and food security are at crosshairs of several threats, but smart practices can help build resilience— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
@TheOutdoorTimes natural corrections will be painful. Smart choices now can avoid painful natural "corrections" later— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
@KajEmbren sitting back and waiting for binding international agreement is not the only path forward— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
In light of the big expectations on achieving a global climate deal at Paris next year, the alternative and complementary power of state and regional governments was highlighted by Chris. He underlined that while COP21 is key, there are many paths to a low carbon future - with some conversations needing to start at home:
@ClimateGroup we are beginning to see lots of interesting experiments. Many exciting examples at the scale of cities and states— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
@jamesnikitine Paris 2015 is important, but so are hundreds of other discussions, from family dining tables to national capitals— Chris Field (@cfieldciwedu) April 22, 2014
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Image: Stanford Professor Chris Field speaking at a Senate hearing on climate change in 2012, courtesy of Stanford University
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