DescriptionWe face great challenges in the 21st century: global poverty, population growth, climate change, environmental degradation, and global security. By 2030 in only 15 years time global food and energy demand will have increased by 50% and freshwater requirement will have increased by 30%. This is partly due to the rise in global population but most is caused by the rapid development of lower income countries and a huge increase in consumption. Add to this the increase effects of climate change, which directly threatens water and food security and you have what Sir John Beddington (previous UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser) calls the 'perfect storm'. To meet these 21st century challenges we must change some of the basic rules of our society to allow us to adopt a much more global and long-term approach and in doing so develop win-win solution that benefit everyone. Prof. Maslin will examines the three key pressure of the perfect storm, rapid population growth, rapid development and climate change. He then discusses the possible solutions and how our global society needs to adapt and change. This will be followed by an open discussion with the audience on how different nations can contribute to solving these 21st century challenges.
Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is a Professor of Climatology and Environmental Sciences at University College London. He is a Royal Society Industrial Fellow working with Rezatec Ltd a company he co-founded. He is science advisor to the Global Cool Foundation, Steria, and Carbon Sense Ltd. He is a member of Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Committee. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in global and regional climatic change and has publish over 130 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, The Lancet and Nature Climate Change. He has been awarded £45 million in grants, written 11 books, over 30 popular articles and appears regularly on radio and television. His latestbook is OUP “Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction”. Maslin was also a co-author of the seminal Lancet 2009 report ‘Managing the health effects of climate change’ and the Lancet 2013 review paper on the health links between Population, Development and Climate Change. He was included in Who’s Who for the first time in 2009 and was granted a five year Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2011. http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/~mmaslin/
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