Chat live to top IPCC climate scientist Chris Field on Twitter

Clare Saxon Ghauri
17 April 2014

LONDON: You can chat live to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) co-chair Chris Field in a special Twitter Q&A entitled Post IPCC: HOW do we build a #CleanRevolution?, at 4pm GMT/8am CDT on April 22.

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) findings have dominated headlines recently. Last week the final instalment Mitigation of Climate Change was released, warning that an urgent global switch to renewable energy is needed to avoid runaway climate change. It followed The Physical Science Basis published in September 2013, which concludes humans are to blame for man-made climate change, and March 2014's Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, which reveals the devastating impacts on the planet’s resources, economy and communities that climate change is already responsible for.

All instalments of the AR5 make clear that a huge scale-up of the clean technology and policy that already exists is needed: a global clean revolution. In light of the IPCC’s findings, this live Twitter session offers 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, about how we can achieve a safe, low carbon future.

Dr. Chris Field is a leading climate scientist who has authored over 200 publications, including extensive research on climate change’s impacts on agriculture and California’s grasslands. He is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, and a Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University, as well as Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

In a statement following the release of WGII last month, Chris Field commented: “Climate-change adaptation is not an exotic agenda that has never been tried. Governments, firms, and communities around the world are building experience with adaptation. This experience forms a starting point for bolder, more ambitious adaptations that will be important as climate and society continue to change.”

You can ask Chris Field your questions from 4pm GMT on April 22, using hashtag #CleanRevolution. You can also ask questions early on Twitter, or post lengthier questions or discussion in our new Google+ Community. Just don’t forget the #CleanRevolution hashtag or we may miss them.

Related news:

  • See what our Greater China Director Changhua Wu, as well as government, business, faith and military leaders said about the last IPCC report here
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chair IPCC Working Group III, will be delivering a keynote address at The Climate Group’s 10 year anniversary event, Low Carbon Growth and Opportunity: Paris and Beyond in London on 28 April. You can watch it live on our website.
  • We published a five-part briefing series covering the basics of climate science before last year’s IPCC release. Read them here.

Image: Stanford Professor Chris Field speaking at a Senate hearing on climate change in 2012, courtesy of Stanford University



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