Climate experts on Copenhagen

December 4, 2009

map2If we can predict one thing about the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen it’s that no one will have all the answers.

But there will be plenty of questions.

To help cut through the tide, Reuters has gathered a panel of some of the world’s leading thinkers on climate change.

Throughout the conference, will publish questions relating to news as it breaks in Copenhagen as well as overarching solutions to global warming. Answers from the panelists will lead the discussion.

Our assembly of academics, scientists and politicians includes:

Dr. David Suzuki, award-winning geneticist and journalist

Dr. Raymond Pierrehumbert, Louis Block Professor in geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago

Dr. Gidon Eshel, physics professor, Bard College

Karen Alderman Harbert, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy

Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist

Saleem Huq, Senior Fellow, Climate Change, at the International Institute for Environment and Development

Kim Carstensen, leader of the World Wildlife Fund Global Climate Initiative.

What questions do you  have for the panel?

(PHOTO: Detail of a backdrop at a meeting about the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in Brasilia, Nov. 3, 2009. REUTERS/Roberto Jayme)


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My question: If all coal-based electricity producing plants are made free-GHG facilities, will we still have globle warming & climate change?.. if this is feasible, howmany decades we would have to live with 2C degree limit?

Tariq Albetairi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Posted by Tarrooq | Report as abusive

Considering the large number of qualilfied scientists who have ample and legitimate proof that the warming cycle is not induced in any large fashion by human activity why are their findings ingnored and instead we have the mad rush to drastically change the industrialized world’s economies, endangering the lives of millions of people? Wouldn’t small, incremental steps to imrpove things like air waulity be smarter than to throw out the baby with the bath water until a concensus can be reached? Science shoudl not be skewed in favor of plitical agendas.

Posted by persch | Report as abusive

I hope that Bjorn Lomborg is going to be speaking at the conference, as his rational approach to spending the world’s limited resources for the greatest good is seriously needed to counterbalance the wastful and potentially disasterous steps being proposed by most of the climate change gurus.

Posted by DavidG | Report as abusive

If CO2 is really the reason causing global warming, why is there a serious consideration for nuclear power plant as alternative? Nuc is actually much more sophisticated tech than any other CO2 reduction TECH have invented and introduced, the most important thing is that it does not sacrifice economic development as a shift price.

Posted by Rainbear | Report as abusive

Persch, there is no legitimate proof that global warming is a hoax. I know of a handful of climate and atmospheric scientists that dispute global warming and climate change. The only way one can prove a cause of death is for the patient to die. Who will be the coroner for humanity should we all die?

The argument as to anthropogenic or natural causes for climate change is moot. If the Earth is releasing methane and CO2 which warm the planet, then how are we helping matters by introducing more CO2 into the atmosphere?

Anubis was right, “Only fools debate the cause of a fire while it rages”.

Posted by eddieblack | Report as abusive

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Posted by Welcome to Copenhagen? « (pressed) | Report as abusive

hello from evil alberta. waking up to a warm -40 degrees C
so much for cilmate change.

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