Policy opportunities for reducing climate change and its impact on planetary and human health

Date: 2022-11-30

Time: 14:30 - 17:00

Address: The Royal Swedish Academy Of Sciences, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm

Venue: Beijer Hall

Last date for registration: 2022-11-30 12:00

Seminar at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in connection to EASAC Bureau and Council meetings, with presentations by EASAC’s Programme Directors.

Nearly seven years have passed since the Paris Agreement was signed, but its goals seem increasingly remote. Global warming is getting faster and faster, and the loss of biodiversity and important ecosystems continues on all continents. Emissions from fossil fuels play a crucial role, but extensive impact also comes from a rapidly growing population, deforestation, overconsumption and unsustainable lifestyles. Climate change is already affecting human health, and will become more severe unless urgent action is taken. Although the UN’s climate panel is clear that rapid changes involving large parts of society are required to meet the climate goals, policymakers mainly rely on future, often uncertain, technologies rather than taking immediate action. At the same time individuals need to adapt to more sustainable lifestyles, not least by shifting to more climate-friendly diets – more than a third all man-made greenhouse gas emissions are generated by food systems.


Moderators: Anna Rutgersson, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and
Lars Bergström, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 

Afternoon coffee

Welcome remarks

Christina Moberg, President EASAC

Climate change and biodiversity – common drivers, common solutions
Professor Mike Norton, Environment Programme Director EASAC

Climate change and health: integrating scientific evidence to inform policy at
national, regional and global levels

Dr Robin Fears, Outgoing Biosciences Programme Director EASAC

Bioenergy with carbon capture (BECCS) – a case of wishful thinking?
Professor Mike Norton, Environment Programme Director EASAC

Meat alternatives: The drive to reduce meat consumption: an emerging landscape of novel foods
Dr Louise Leong FRSB, Incoming Biosciences Programme Director EASAC

Moderated discussion

End of seminar

The seminar will highlight, based on recent EASAC studies, how science has clearly set out the scale and urgency of the problems that need to be addressed in a number of fields, and the many options that policy makers could pursue if they can be motivated to facilitate the necessary transformations required. Clarifying and coordinating science-based objectives are both of vital importance for sustainability.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, but registration is
required for everyone. The symposium will also be live-streamed, on this wepbage and on www.kva.se. Please note that registration is only required for participation in person.

The European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, EASAC, brings together the National Academies of Science of the EU Member States, Norway, Switzerland and United Kingdom to provide independent science-based advice on important challenges for Europe.

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