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Facing the challenges of climate change - A series of RGS-IGB events

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From 30 November to 11 December 2015, France will host the 21st United Nations conference on Climate Change. The overarching objective of the conference is to achieve a universal agreement on climate from all the nations of the world.


Ahead of the Paris Summit, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) will host a series of events that not only consider the wider challenges presented by climate change, but examine the risks and opportunities directly affecting the UK. 



Research Meeting: Transforming to a zero carbon world


Thursday 5 November 

10.00am – 4.30pm


24 of the UK’s learned societies recently released a communiqué highlighting the risks posed by climate change globally and calling for immediate action to avert these serious threats. This full-day meeting will explore the evidence behind their joint statement, the responses required and the opportunities available to the UK to lead the transition to a zero carbon world. 


The meeting is part of the Royal Meteorological Society national meetings programme and is being held in association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Speakers will cover the main themes of the communiqué and a panel discussion will explore the global challenges and opportunities both in the immediate lead up to Paris and in the crucial years that follow. This meeting is aimed primarily at members of the Learned Societies.


Tickets: £25

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Public Panel Discussion: Ready for Impact?


Tuesday 10 November

7.00pm – 8.30pm


We live in a rapidly changing world. How can the UK become more resilient to the environmental, social, and economic impacts of a changing climate? Are we doing enough and are we doing it fast enough to protect communities in the UK?  


This public panel discussion is part of our 21st Century Challenges programme of events. The panel, which will be chaired by BBC environment and energy analyst Roger Harrabin, and includes Sarah McAdam, the Transition Network, and Professor Frans Berkhout, King's College London, will examine some of the inspirational initiatives taking place across the UK. The event is aimed at a wide public audience.


Tickets: £10 | RGS-IBG members £7

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Policy Forum: Resilience to climate change - who pays (and who benefits)? 


Tuesday 17 November

5.30pm - 9.30pm


This evening discussion will explore the latest research reports prepared to inform the next Climate Change Risk Assessment. How have the risks and opportunities altered? What are the implications for climate change adaptation and building the resilience of vulnerable communities in the UK? As Government prepares the 25 November Spending Review, our panel will consider how central and local government, and communities themselves, can build resilience in the face of budget cuts.  


Dr Clare Twigger-Ross joins the panel to launch ‘Community resilience to climate change: An evidence review’, on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Other contributors are: Alex Nickson, Greater London Authority (Chair); Daniel Johns, Committee on Climate Change; Kit England, Newcastle City Council and Professor Neil Adger, University of Exeter. 


This free event is for policy-makers, practitioners, academics, NGOs and other interested professionals. 

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