With Chris Goodall, Gerry Swarbrick, Jeremy Leggett & Mark Lynas
Everyone agrees we need to slash global greenhouse emissions. But how do we actually achieve that? Politicians can set targets and consumers can try to live a greener life, but the world will only avoid runaway global warming with the better use of existing technology and the help of technological breakthroughs.
Chris Goodall, author of Ten Technologies to Save the Planet, joins Gerry Swarbrick (Director, Renewable Energy, Arup), Jeremy Leggett (author of The Solar Century: The Past, Present and World-changing Future of Solar Energy) and Mark Lynas (environmentalist, author of Six Degrees and High Tide and advocate of nuclear power) to debate the technologies which may save the earth. An essential session for anyone interested in science, energy and the future of our planet.
Chris Goodall is a world-leading expert on climate change solutions. He writes an environment column in the Independent on Sunday and regularly features on Newsnight and other television shows. His book, How to Live a Low-carbon Life, won the 2007 Clarion award for non-fiction, and he publishes Carbon Commentary, a website providing incisive appraisal of climate issues. His new book is Ten Technologies to Save the Planet.
Gerry Swarbrick is Director of Renewable Energy at Arup. He has been a pioneer developer of renewable energy since the 1980’s, and involved in the energy market for almost 30 years. He was involved in the first wave of windfarms in the UK and has a wide experience of the development and deployment of a variety of new energy technologies and renewable energy projects around the world including wind turbines, small-scale hydro, solar energy, biomass, waste-to-energy, landfill gas, bio-fuels and more recently, new wave and tidal energy technologies. Gerry was a founder director and is a former Chairman of the Renewable Energy Association, a Fellow of the Energy Institute and is now the global leader of Arup’s Renewable Energy business.
Jeremy Leggett is one of the world’s foremost experts on renewable power, energy policy and climate change. He worked as an oil geologist before become an environmental campaigner for Greenpeace. A prominent commentator around the world, Jeremy is executive chairman of the UK’s leading solar company, founding director of the world’s first private equity fund for renewable energy, and author of Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis and, in 2009, The Solar Century: The Past, Present and World-changing Future of Solar Energy.
Mark Lynas has worked for nearly a decade as a specialist on climate change, and is author of three books on the subject: High Tide: News from a Warming World (2004), Carbon Calculator (2007) and Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (2007). Six Degrees is published in the US by National Geographic, which has also made a television documentary based on the book and broadcast on the National Geographic channel internationally. Lynas was selected as a National Geographic ‘Emerging Explorer’ in 2006, and was placed at no.7 in the Independent’s Green List 2007. He writes for various newspapers and magazines, recently including the Guardian and the Independent, and is a frequent contributor to the New Statesman.
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