Leaders Preserving Our Future: Pace and Priorities on Climate Change
On 3 November 2010, the World Preservation Foundation held a conference in Central Hall, Westminster, in partnership with Dods, the first name in political information and communications, to address the urgent need to find near term solutions to climate change.
Short-lived non CO2 climate forcers
Scientific evidence shows that the strong bias of current mitigation efforts toward carbon dioxide emissions reduction will not produce results sufficient to halt global warming in time to stop irreversible tipping points being passed.
In the run up to the COP16 UN climate change conference taking place just 4 weeks later in Mexico, this conference sought to bring to the forefront the crucial role of reducing shorter lived non CO2 climate forcers – methane, black carbon and tropospheric ozone – as an urgently needed solution at this point in time to help halt further rises in temperatures and climate change.
Delegates included Members of Parliament, NGOs, members of media, local government, celebrities and a cross section of civil society from different sectors.
World Preservation Foundation is underlining the immediate need for governments, industry, NGOs and the public to take action now to prevent any further damage to our ecosystems and our planetary life support system.
This event was carbon offset by growing edible playgrounds in London inner city schools in partnership with Trees for Cities.
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TOPIC: Cooling the Planet - Fast Acting Solutions
Cooling the Planet - Fast Acting Solutions
Our climate is changing. The summer floods of 2010 in Pakistan and fires across Russia already demonstrate society's vulnerability to the current global temperature rise of only 0.8°C.
The latest science tells us that even by meeting our most ambitious emissions reduction targets by 2020, greenhouse gas emissions will be 30% higher than that needed to keep within a 2°C temperature rise.
We now know that reducing CO2 alone will not affect cooling fast enough.
Even with a zero carbon global economy tomorrow, the existing CO2 in the atmosphere will continue to heat the planet for hundreds of years to come, meaning CO2 reductions on their own won't prevent runaway climate change.
We need to cool the planet fast, and here's why.
Best of British and International Eco-Tec and Initiatives
An eco exhibition was run throughout the day featuring some of the leading initiatives in green technology and sustainability, demonstrating their importance and tangible ways in which they can be more widely adopted.