Keeping under 1.5°C: are we doing enough to avoid dangerous climate change?

Have we missed the opportunity to avoid dangerous climate change? Australia has already experienced over 1 degree of warming with an increase in extreme heat events and severe bushfire weather.

What actions need to be taken to get on track to avoid a greater than 1.5°C future? If we don't act, what could our future climate look like?

To coincide with the launch of the IPCC Special Report Global Warming of 1.5°C, as well as the 10 year anniversary of the Garnaut Climate Change Review 2008 (updated in 2011), the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the University of Melbourne Climate and Energy College presented a panel of experts to discuss the implications of this important report for Australia and the World.

Panelists:

  • Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI) and Professor of Marine Science, The University of Queensland (Co-Author of the IPCCSpecial Report Global Warming of 1.5°C)
  • Prof Ross Garnaut AC, Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne, Chair of the Energy Transition Hub and President of SIMEC ZEN Energy
  • Prof Robyn Eckersley, Head of Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, plus Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Senior Research Associate and ARC Future Fellow, Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW

Watch the video of this recent seminar and discussion with these experts, held on 11 October 2018.

And check for our other events on http://climatecollege.unimelb.edu.au/seminars

Our Seminars

Public Events

The College coordinates public lectures, such as our IPCC WG3 outreach event. These events aim to provide insights regarding key national and international science and policy issues and encourage discussion between the general public and subject experts.

Climate Conversations Lecture Series

The Climate Conversation Lecture Series are jointly organised by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Once a month, eminent speakers are invited to share their insights on climate policy, climate change science, and decarbonisation pathways in a seminar style setting, open to the academic community on campus and the public.

Science & Pretzels Seminars

Our small and intensive in-house format of seminars is called "Science & Pretzels". Those seminars provide a small atmosphere, where the discussion time between students and the lecturer is maximised. We generally do not advertise those events, as we try to keep them small, but other supervisors and interested folks are invited. The discussion time is primarily reserved for College PhD students, though.


Please see our events calendar of upcoming and past events.