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Public lecture - De-carbonising for growth: why everyone is wrong about the costs of addressing climate change

Dr Michael Molitor
Professorial Visiting Fellow
Climate Change Research Centre

Date: Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - 18:15
Where: Rex Vowels Theatre (F17)
Audience / Guests: Alumni
Cost: Free

We will rapidly de-carbonize the global energy system not because we care sufficiently about the enormous risks flowing from a climate system profoundly modified by human activity but because, in the absence of this gigantic infrastructure investment opportunity, we will never generate sufficient economic growth between now and 2050.  

This inevitable outcome has dramatic implications for Australia’s future energy supply and prosperity.

About Dr Michael Molitor

Michael Molitor has a PhD from Cambridge University, England and was a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He has also held academic appointments at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University.

He is the founder of CarbonShift Ltd, an Australian company with a focus on helping companies develop, implement and communicate strategies to respond to the challenge of a climate system modified by human activity. CarbonShift, which is based in Sydney, has partnered with PricewaterhouseCoopers to deliver corporate carbon management strategies that both protect and enhance shareholder value.

Before entering the business world, Michael was a leading earth systems academic for 10 years. Dr Molitor was a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego and the Climate Research Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He also served as an external advisor to BP on the development of the company's climate change strategy and attended most of the United Nations negotiations on climate change since 1991.

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Previous events

Public lecture: CCS and Australia's Low Emission Future

A free public lecture - 6pm Monday 19th September 2011

New South Global Theatre, Robert Webster Building
The University of New South Wales

Speakers
Clement Young
NSW Department of Trade and Investment

Professor Kelly Thambimuthu, FTSE
Chairman, IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Program

Professor Lars Strömberg
Senior Advisor, Vattenfall AB

Professor Dianne Wiley
CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC/UNSW)

For more information go to the CO2CRC web site.

Download the flyer (PDF 991 KB).

Joint AAS/ATSE SYMPOSIUM
Geoengineering the climate? A Southern Hemisphere perspective

Shine Dome, Canberra 26–27 September 2011

Geoengineering would attempt to globally manipulate the Earth system. It is increasingly being discussed as a possible strategy to counteract some of the eff ects of anthropogenic climate change. While not advocating geoengineering, both the Royal Society in the UK and the US National Academy of Sciences have recently called for research to explore how geoengineering approaches may impact on the Earth system.

In response to these calls for geoengineering research, it is important to develop a southern hemisphere perspective on possible geoengineering interventions. To engage in any future high-level international discussion or agreements relating to geoengineering options, Australia needs to be well informed of the ideas being explored. This symposium will address some of the implications, including opportunities and risks, of diff erent suggested approaches to geoengineering the climate and the possible impacts in the southern hemisphere.

Program outline

  • Introduction to geoengineering the climate
  • Carbon dioxide removal
  • Solar radiation management
  • Governance, ethics, risks and uncertainty

The symposium will include invited talks and short responses, with ample time for discussion.
Posters: There will be opportunity to present posters on relevant research results and issues.

Further details at the AAS web site.

Draft program now available at:
http://www.science.org.au/natcoms/nc-ess/documents/nc-ess-GeoConferenceDraft.pdf

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS CLOSE Monday 5 September.

CAWCR Annual Workshop 2011

The Cape Grim Annual Science Meeting
2011 Priestly Lecture by Stephen Schwartz of Brookhaven National Laboratories.

Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne.
November 15-17, 2011

Description: This is the fifth meeting of The Centre for Australia Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR) - a joint venture between the CSIRO and Australian Bureau of Meteorology

This year’s workshop focuses on Atmospheric Composition Observations and Modelling. It will also include the Cape Grim Annual Science Meeting and feature the 2011 Priestly Lecture by Dr Stephen Schwartz of Brookhaven National Laboratories.

A number of prominent scientists and experts from overseas, Australian research agencies and universities have been invited to give presentations.

Key themes:

  • Chemistry-climate interactions
  • Budgets (carbon cycle, fluxes)
  • Emerging tools/opportunities

Regular updates can be found at the CAWCR meeting website.

Abstracts: CAWCR is also seeking abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Send abstracts to Nada Derek. Email: Nada.derek@csiro.au.
Closing date: October 1.

Registration: Send contact details with affiliation and number of days you wish to attend to Val Jemmeson.
Email: v.jemmeson@bom.gov.au. Phone: (03) 9669 4095.

For further details contact:
Melita Keywood
Email: Melita.Keywood@csiro.au. Phone: (03) 9239 4596

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Public lecture with Naomi Oreskes
Introduction by Robyn Williams AM

Presented by the School of History and Philosophy (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) and the Climate Change Research Centre (Faculty of Science).

In this talk Oreskes will outline the ideas developed in the book ‘Merchants of Doubt’ written with Erik Conway. Building upon her earlier research highlighting the disconnect between the  state of scientific debate and the way it was being presented in the mass media, and perceived by the American people, she suggests that confusion regarding climate science has been purposely sown by people trying to confuse us.
Monday 15th November 2010

Climate Change and the ETS

Panelists: Malcolm Turnbull MP, Dr Nikki Williams, NSW Minerals Council, Dr Donna Green, Climate Change Research Centre, Professor Matthew England, Co-Director Climate Change Research Centre & Dr Iain McGill, Centre for Energy & Environmental Markets. We do indeed live in amazing times, and science is at the cutting edge of the advances humankind is making in its understanding of life, the Universe and everything - to borrow a phrase from Douglas Adams.  The UNSW Faculty of Science wants to play its part in bringing you directly in touch with researchers and thinkers at the forefront of some of the many opportunities, problems and dilemmas these advances pose. In each of these thought-provoking lectures, we ask prominent scientists and thinkers to take us into some of the biggest issues of our times and share their knowledge, experience, ideas and opinions with members of the public.
Monday 16th August 2010 

Climate Change: Show me the money?

The talk given by Michael Molitor, founder of CarbonShift Ltd and senior carbon advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers, highlighted the fact that to stabilise concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at safe levels by 2050, we would need to avoid more than 600 billion tonnes in expected carbon emissions. This represents not only a massive cost but also an unprecedented opportunity for forward thinking industries. Michael showed that many of the leading companies are already investing in low carbon solutions. And presented an analysis of how much money would be needed and where that money would come from to achieve these ambitious goals.
April, 2008. Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building.

Human rights in a changing environment

How is the changing environment impacting on human rights?  Shadow Minister for Climate Change, the Hon. Peter Garrett, Professor Matthew England (UNSW Climate Change Research Centre), Dr Jane McAdam (UNSW Faculty of Law) and Dr Hilaey Bambrick (ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Polulation Health) will discuss climate change in terms of human rights and national security.
6:30pm, Wednesday 2 May, Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building.

14th Australian Meterological and Oceanographic Societys National Conference 2007

Members of CEDL recently attended the 14th National Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Conference in conjunction with Southern Annular Mode (SAM) Workshop (Climate, Water and Marine Forecasting: Challenges for the future), 5-8 February 2007, in Adelaide, South Australia.
Presentations were made by Frank Drost, Andrea Taschetto, Julien Le Sommer, Moninya Roughan, Matthew England, Alex Sen Gupta, Caroline Ummenhofer and Milton Speer.
Details of the program and abstracts of each talk are now available.

Hotter, drier, wetter & wilder 

As part of the BRAIN FOOD 2006 series. This was a series of public lectures presented by the UNSW Alumni Association on internationally acclaimed research being conducted at the University of New South Wales.
6pm, Tuesday 18th July 2006 -  The Galleries, The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW, Kensington.

Professor Matthew England presented "Climate Change" . Professor England gave a presentation on the effect of global warming on the southern hemispheres climate, discussing issues such as changes in the weather, sea-level and Antarctic sea-ice.

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