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"Tackling the Challenge Climate Change: Rhetoric or Reality?"

Lord John Krebs
Oxford University
Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"John Krebs has an amazing ability to see how science and policy can be successfully linked. He is a stellar British ecologist whose work on animal ecology and behavior led to many awards, including being knighted. His brilliant science-based insights into policy issues contributed to his appointment as life-long member of the House of Lords."

— David Tilman, Bren School Faculty Host

The UK passed a Law in 2008 — the Climate Change Act — which commits the country to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The Act also commits the UK to prepare for the inevitable consequences of climate change that will arise even if global emissions are reduced. The Climate Change Committee, established by the Act, has the dual role of advising the government of the day on mitigation and adaptation, and reporting to Parliament on the government’s progress. I will talk about the committee’s assessment of how the government is progressing towards its targets and how this relates to Europe-wide proposals and targets.

John Krebs is a non-political-party member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He sits on the UK Climate Change Committee and chairs its Adaptation Sub-Committee. From 2010-2014, he chaired the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Lords, and from 2005-2015 he was principal of Jesus College at Oxford University. He earned both his bachelor's degree in zoology and his PhD in population biology at Oxford. Dr. Krebs served as the inaugural head of the UK Food Standards Agency from 2000-2005, and as chief executive of the UK Natural Environment Research Council from 1994-1999. He has been a professor at Oxford since 1988. Dr. Krebs is a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published over 300 scientific articles, commentaries, and books and received numerous honors and awards for his contributions to science.

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change allows the Bren School to attract international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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