IPCC co-chair Chris Field: "There are huge opportunities for growth in renewables"

Clare Saxon Ghauri
22 April 2014

LONDON: Today The Climate Group 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:

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:

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. 

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:

You can continue this discussion in our new Google+ Community.

This Thursday we are hosting a special anniversary Q&A with our CEO Mark Kenber. You can ask questions early on Twitter, or post lengthier questions or discussion in Google+. 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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