IES Webinar: Tipping positive change to avoid climate tipping points

Wednesday, 9 September 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

There is mounting evidence that tipping points in the Earth system could become more likely than first thought. The threat of exceeding tipping points would have irreversible impact on the interconnected biophysical systems of the planet.

In this webinar, Tim will summarise recent evidence regarding climate tipping points which supports declarations that we are in a ‘climate emergency’. He will also share his latest results identifying a human climate niche and projecting how it will move in the future before identifying positive social tipping points that will need to be triggered to have any hope of limiting global warming to well below 2C.

Our speaker

Tim Lenton is Director of the Global Systems Institute and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter. He has over 20 years of research experience in studying the Earth as a system, and developing and using models to understand its behaviour. He is particularly interested in how life has reshaped the planet in the past, and what lessons we can draw from this as we proceed to reshape the planet now.

Tim's accolades include the Times Higher Education Award for Research Project of the Year 2008; the Royal Society of London William Smith Fund, 2008; the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, 2013. He is a Turing Fellow and a Fellow of the Linnean Society, the Geological Society and the Society of Biology.