Assessing Climate Crisis Solutions

Assessing Climate Crisis Solutions

Kevin Trenberth

Former Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC

In the earlier videos, Kevin Trenberth discussed the global responses to the climate crisis and introduced concepts such as adaptation and mitigation. In this video, Kevin delves deeper into the urgency of the problem, the changes needed and assesses some of the touted solutions to protect the earth.

In the earlier videos, Kevin Trenberth discussed the global responses to the climate crisis and introduced concepts such as adaptation and mitigation. In this video, Kevin delves deeper into the urgency of the problem, the changes needed and assesses some of the touted solutions to protect the earth.

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Assessing Climate Crisis Solutions

16 mins 42 secs

Overview

One of the main obstacles regarding the climate crisis is forming an integrated view of the problem. There is still a lot of political inertia and transforming the way we engage with the climate crisis is crucial. It is important to understand and assess some of the proposed solutions and conduct further research and development in the areas that are most promising. However, in order to have an accurate assessment of the climate crisis, we need an updated climate information system.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the urgency of the climate crisis and outline changes needed

  • Understand if reforestation will help slow down climate change

  • Understand if geoengineering will solve the climate crisis

  • Understand the need for a robust climate information system

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Kevin Trenberth

Kevin Trenberth

Dr. Kevin Trenberth is a Distinguished Scholar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He was a Coordinating Lead Author of the 1995, 2001, and 2007 Scientific Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Kevin also shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize which went to the IPCC and Al Gore. Between 1999 to 2006, Kevin served on the Joint Scientific committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Kevin then went on to chair the WCRP Observation and Assimilation Panel from 2004 to 2010 and the Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) Scientific Steering Group from 2010 to 2013. He has also served on many US national committees and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. Kevin has received many awards throughout his career. In 2000, he received the Jule G. Charney award from the AMS; in 2003, he was given the NCAR Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013 he was awarded the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, and he received the Climate Communication Prize from AGU and in 2017 he was honoured with the Roger Revelle medal by the AGU.

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