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Professor Chris Rapley CBE
Director, Science Museum

Abstract: Energy & Climate Change
The discovery and exploitation of fossil fuel energy has transformed the human condition. Unfortunately, the resulting increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is transforming our climate system, which we depend on to maintain our essential supplies of food and water. We need to decarbonise our energy supply whilst maintaining the global economic system and the "ecosystem services" provided by the planet. The problem has characteristics which make it especially hard to address.

The talk will review the evidence for human-induced climate change, the current status of the planet, and options for the future.

Biography:
Professor Chris Rapley CBE is Director of the Science Museum. This follows a decade as Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and four years as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Prior to that, Chris spent an extended period as Professor of Remote Sensing Science at University College London. He has a first degree in Physics from Oxford, an M.Sc. in Radioastronomy from Manchester University, a Ph.D. in X-ray astronomy from University College London, and has recently been awarded an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Bristol.

He and a US colleague were the driving force behind the International Polar Year 2007-2008.

He is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College Cambridge, a Fellow of University College London, and an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia. His interests are in climate change and earth system science, as well as a more general interest in the organisation, leadership and communication of science.

Chris was awarded the 2008 Edinburgh Science Medal for having made ‘a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity’.

 

 

 

 



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