Global Response to the Climate Crisis

Global Response to the Climate Crisis

Kevin Trenberth

Former Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC

The climate crisis is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. So you would expect the reaction to reflect this, right? Wrong. So far, the global response has been underwhelming. Join Kevin Trenberth in this video as he outlines what steps have been taken to mitigate climate change and whether or not they have been successful.

The climate crisis is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. So you would expect the reaction to reflect this, right? Wrong. So far, the global response has been underwhelming. Join Kevin Trenberth in this video as he outlines what steps have been taken to mitigate climate change and whether or not they have been successful.

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Global Response to the Climate Crisis

13 mins 58 secs

Overview

In 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was signed by 154 nations. This was established with the goal to fight climate change, tracking progress in an annual Conference of the Parties (COP). This has led to the creation of the Kyoto Protocol which was replaced by the Paris Agreement, the main aim of which is to keep the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. However, the UN framework requires a unanimous consensus and works largely through peer pressure and goodwill. Mitigation efforts to-date have been somewhat beneficial but have not come close to reducing the rate of increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. With regards to mitigation, the main goal is to decarbonise the economy. People most affected by the climate crisis hugely support policies to become more sustainable but in general, the national and international framework is inadequate.

Key learning objectives:

  • Identify the goals of the UNFCCC

  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of the global commons response

  • Understand public opinion on climate change policies

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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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