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One internationally agreed framework, one (and a half) international legal protocols, 18 rounds of international negotiation, 5 expert assessment reports, and no change

Dr Andrew Jarvis, Lancaster Environment Centre

Tuesday 18 December 2012, 1615-1650
Management School Building

Efforts to reduce global CO2 emissions to mitigate climate risks have yielded little or no return and responsibility for this lack of effective action is commonly levelled at political institutions. However, it is possible that the growth in emissions is beyond the control of these institutions as currently constituted because the processes driving emissions are adaptive.

This talk presents an analysis of global energy use and CO2 emissions data 1850 - 2010 which reveals important adaptive biophysical processes operating within industrial society. These processes mean reducing CO2 emissions will prove nearly impossible within the current norms of human behaviour.