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Book Launch: 'The Burning Question' by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark

Mike Berners-Lee, Lancaster University

Friday 26 April 2013, 1600-1700
LEC Training Rooms 1 And 2

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LEC would like to invite you to join the book launch for 'THE BURNING QUESTION'- the new publication by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark. All are welcome.

Mike will be giving a short presentation about the book and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Climate change is the most fascinating scientific, political and social puzzle in history. Great minds, enthusiastic leaders and green warriors have all tried to tackle the problem, but so far the world's efforts at reducing global warming have failed.

We do our best to save energy and technologies have made burning fuels more efficient, but the simple fact is carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. Like squeezing a balloon, reductions in one place lead to increases elsewhere.

The real barrier to action is that the world has far more fossil fuel in its reserves than it can safely burn - at least twice as much and perhaps ten times as much. These reserves are worth tens of trillions of dollars and solving the problem means persuading the world to abandon them.

The Burning Question asks whether that's possible and what the side effects might be. Would the global economy sink and oil companies crash as the 'carbon bubble' bursts? Or could we transition smoothly to a green future? Looking at the whole issue with much-needed fresh eyes, The Burning Question argues that global warming can still be tackled, but only if humankind wakes up to the threat and demands that the fuels stay in the ground...

'Fascinating, important and highly recommended' Al Gore

'Policymakers and the public urgently need to be engaging in this kind of big-picture conversation' Jim Hansen

'An essential contribution to our thinking about climate change' George Monbiot

Refreshments provided (for catering purposes, please let Helen Boulton h.boulton@lancaster.ac.uk know if you would like to attend).