Deciphering the UN climate talks in Madrid

Presented by ANU College of Science

With three recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivering stark warnings about the consequences if we don't rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the annual UN climate talks, Conference of the Parties (COP 25), kicked off on 2 December in Madrid.

COP25 is the last COP before 2020 when many countries must submit new climate action plans. The pressure is on to build momentum by increasing countries' national climate commitments. The focus will be on encouraging countries to step up ambition and make progress on outstanding rules under the Paris Climate Agreement.

At this public lecture, a panel of experts who attended the talks will discuss how events unfolded, the decisions made (or not made) and their implications for Australia and the world. What are the prospects for limiting global warming to 2C or even 1.5C?

The panel will include:

  • Professor Frank Jotzo, Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Dr Siobhan McDonnell, Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Aaron Tang , PhD student, Fenner School of Environment & Society
  • Ewelina Przybyszewski, Masters student, Fenner School of Environment & Society
  • Richie Merzian, The Australia Institute

Each panel member will give a brief presentation, followed by audience Q&A. The event will be chaired by Professor Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute.