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Public Debate on Global Warming & Equitable Development

Jointly organised by The Fisher House and the Von Hügel Institute

Fisher1A seminar on the ethical implications of the debate on the origins of global warming and climate change. Four scientists will discuss whether and to what extent these are caused by human activities - the anthropogenic origins of climate change while politicians, theologians and philosophers will discuss the ethical and political implications of the answer to this question. Most scientists and policy-makers accept that climate change is occurring but is it caused by human beings? If it is, then policy choices such as the forms of energy that are produced will have to be made. These choice will have an impact on developing countries including the emerging economies who often have quite different approaches to the environmental question to the developed countries. 

Fisher2The seminar will be chaired by Lord Williams of Oystermouth (Rowan Williams) Master of Magdalene College, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Date: Wedn. 6 March, 2013 - 17:00; Venue: Fisher House, Cambridge

The full video of the seminar is now available to watch and download.

Panel Members

Professor Sir Brian Hoskins FRS, Director of Grantham Institute of Climate Change, London

Professor Richard Lindzen Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Peter Wadhams Professor of Ocean Physics and Head of Polar Ocean Physics Group, Cambridge

Professor Sir Colin Humphrey Goldsmiths' Professor and Director of Research, Department of Materials Science, Cambridge

Paper from Professor Sir Anthony Kelly FRS, Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow, Cambridge (delivered by Paul Kelly)

Professor John Loughlin L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Von Hügel Institute Director, Cambridge

Professor Christopher Whitty Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for International Development & Professor of international Healt at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Lord Deben of Winston (John Selwyn Gummer) Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change



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