The University of Manchester’s Professor Kevin Anderson responds to today’s report from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC report meticulously lays out how the serious climate impacts of 1.5°C of warming are still far less destructive than those for 2°C. Sadly, the IPCC then fails, again, to address the profound implications of reducing […]
Natural gas beyond 2035 is not compatible with our climate commitments
Following on from the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr John Broderick discuss their research into global carbon budgets and the carbon footprints of natural gas supplies. By 2035, the substantial use of all fossil fuels, including natural […]
The Paris climate change negotiations and 2°C: a view from the coal-face
As the Paris COP21 negotiations continue, Kevin Anderson, who is in France for the conference, gives his views. Paris will witness frenetic discussion centred ostensibly on the long-established 2°C temperature threshold between ‘acceptable’ and ‘dangerous’ climate change. However, as a citizen concerned with the moral framing of climate change, I consider the 2°C increase above the […]
Is fracking a price worth paying?
Our dependence on a constant supply of energy presents seemingly intractable dilemmas. One of these is whether fracking should be permitted. Professor Paul Younger and Professor Kevin Anderson took opposing views in a recent online debate. In the US, the recovery of underground reserves of shale gas and its extraction from solid rock through the […]
Is the IPCC overly optimistic on our climate?
Professor Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, will be attending the Climate Change Conference in Paris this December. He has a stark warning about the future of our climate. In July 2015 scientists attended a major climate conference as a prelude to the political negotiations in Paris in December. After […]
Evangelising from 32,000 feet: why call for more greens to fly is wrong
In November 2013, Brendan May wrote a piece for the Guardian’s Environment Blog on ‘Why more environmentalists should fly’. In this article, Professor Kevin Anderson, Dr Dan Calverley and Maria Sharmina respond, strongly arguing the case against having more jet-setting greens. It was with growing dismay that we read Brendan May’s blog post, in which […]