Avoiding dangerous climate change – An international perspective workshop

How to avoid dangerous and costly impacts of climate change and adapt to those that may be unavoidable is an international problem, requiring a combination of the best scientific advice, strong policy leadership, and varied approaches.

UK and US researchers with perspectives across climate science, climate impacts, socio-economic implications and technologies will meet in Washington DC from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 September to share their latest research on the most policy-relevant aspects of understanding dangerous climate change.

Scientists from the AVOID program will present latest findings with leading US climate scientists with the aim of fostering stronger relationships between UK and US climate policymakers and science researchers.

The workshop, organized by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Science and Innovation Network and Department for Energy and Climate Change, the UK Met Office and the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research, will draw on work carried out in the UK and US, shaped by the themes of the UK government funded AVOID program – a unique UK inter-disciplinary research collaboration seeking to answer the most policy-relevant questions about how to avoid dangerous climate change.

AVOID experts conduct international analyses and comparisons for policymakers to determine what constitutes dangerous anthropogenic interference in the climate and what policy pathways nations can take to avoid harm, addressing the critical questions: 

  • What is the latest thinking on the impacts of climate change?  What level of change is dangerous?   What findings are most certain and which call for additional research?
  • What long-term impacts can be avoided by near-term action?
  • How do choices we make now affect which options will remain open for future generations?

 More information on the AVOID program can be found at http://www.avoid.uk.net/

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