Video lectures

Understanding Complexities

The difficulties in communicating the facts of climate change to the public, in spite of a scientific consensus on the seriousness of the problem, are what instigated the Earth101 Project. Its main focus is the question of how we can effectively mediate to the public the grave consequences climate change will most likely have on the earth’s weather- and ecosystems in the immediate future. Some of the world’s leading experts in climate science and communication support the project and are prepared to contribute to it by giving lectures and interviews. The videos shared are products of the Earth101 conferences, the first of which was held in October 2013 in Iceland.

 

2016


May 27th


The Past , The Future. How Fast, How Far?

(Threats Facing the Climate System)

 

Guðni Elísson – Earth2016

Professor in Comparative Literature, head of Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative
Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland. He has written two books and close to fifty articles on various subjects matters in the fields of literature, cinema, cultural studies, as well as on environmental issues. He has also edited over twenty books. He is especially interested in the way political think tanks influence environmental debates in modern Western societies.

 

Michael E. Mann – Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change

Mann is a physicist and climatologist. He is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He has written more than 140 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and published two books, most recently The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012). Mann received a personalized certificate from the IPCC for “contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC”.

 

Stefan Rahmstorf – Rising Seas: How Fast, How Far?

Rahmstorf is an oceanographer and climatologist. Since 2000, he has been a Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and is Department Head at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He was one of the lead authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is a co-founder of the blog RealClimate, and was portrayed as one of the world’s 10 leading climate scientists by the Financial Times in 2009.

 

Stefan Rahmstorf – Is the Gulf Stream System Slowing?

Rahmstorf is an oceanographer and climatologist. Since 2000, he has been a Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and is Department Head at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He was one of the lead authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is a co-founder of the blog RealClimate, and was portrayed as one of the world’s 10 leading climate scientists by the Financial Times in 2009.

 

Michael E. Mann – The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues

Mann is a physicist and climatologist. He is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He has written more than 140 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and published two books, most recently The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012). Mann received a personalized certificate from the IPCC for “contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC”.

 

Michael E. Mann – The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy

Mann is a physicist and climatologist. He is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He has written more than 140 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and published two books, most recently The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012). Mann received a personalized certificate from the IPCC for “contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC”.

 

Stefan Rahmstorf  – Extreme Weather: What Role Does Global Warming Play?

Rahmstorf is an oceanographer and climatologist. Since 2000, he has been a Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and is Department Head at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He was one of the lead authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is a co-founder of the blog RealClimate, and was portrayed as one of the world’s 10 leading climate scientists by the Financial Times in 2009.

 

2015


May 27th


Karen Pinkus – Humanities and Climate Change: Practicality, narratives and fuel

Pinkus is a professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and a member of the Advisory Board of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and a member of the Atkinson Center Climate Change Focus Group. Karen has published widely in Italian culture, literary theory, cinema, visual theory, and environmental theory.

 


March 1st


Hot Future, Cold War

(Climate science and climate understanding)

Guðni Elísson – Earth 2015

Professor in Comparative Literature, head of Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative
Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland. He has written two books and close to fifty articles on various subjects matters in the fields of literature, cinema, cultural studies, as well as on environmental issues. He has also edited over twenty books. He is especially interested in the way political think tanks influence environmental debates in modern Western societies.

 

Gavin Schmidt – Simulating the emergent patterns of climate change

Schmidt began his career at NASA GISS in 1996, and is now Director. His primary area of research is the development and evaluation of computer simulations of the Earth’s climate, and is particularly interested in how they can be used to inform decision-making. Schmidt received a doctorate in applied mathematics from University College London in 1994.

 

Erick Fernandes Turn Down the Heat – Why a 4oC Warmer World Must be Avoided.

Fernandes is an Adviser on Agriculture, Forestry & Climate Change at the World Bank and Co-Led the Bank’s Global Expert Team for Adaptation to Climate Change (GET-CCA). Erick is from a Kenya and grew up in the arid lands of northern Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. He holds a PhD in Soil Science from North Carolina State University.

 

Kevin Anderson – Delivering on 2°C: evolution or revolution?

Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Anderson recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organization. Kevin’s work makes clear that there is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global mean surface temperature at below 2°C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary.

 

Erik Conway – Merchants of Doubt: How Climate Science Became a Victim of the Cold War.                                                

 Conway is a historian of science and technology residing in Pasadena, CA, currently employed by the California Institute of Technology. He studies and documents the history of space exploration, and examines the intersections of space science, Earth science, and technological change. Conway has co-authored two books with Naomi Oreskes on climate change, the Merchants of Doubt (2010) and The Collapse of ‘Western’ Civilization (2014).


February 25th


Kevin Anderson – The Ostrich or the Phoenix?: Dissonance or creativity in a changing climate 

Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Anderson recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organization.

 

2014 


December 4th


Mike Berners-Lee – Burning Questions & What is to be done? Defining the climate change problem

Mike Berners-Lee is a leading expert in carbon-footprints and director of Small World Consulting at Lancaster University. He is the author of How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything (2010) and with Duncan Clark he wrote The Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit? (2013).


April 7th


Dan Laffoley – The Ocean – the future we want

Laffoley is the Principal Advisor on Marine Science and Conservation for IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Global Marine and Polar Programme and also acts as Marine Vice-Chair for the World Commission on Protected Areas. He has a place on the Boards and Councils of many UK leading marine science organizations and acts as an independent advisor to the UK Government on marine science.

 

2013


 October 5th


Climate Science and Climate Communication

(The first Earth101 conference)


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Guðni Elísson – Earth 101

Guðni is a Professor in Comparative Literature, head of Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland. He has written two books and close to fifty articles on various subjects matters in the fields of literature, cinema, cultural studies, as well as on environmental issues. He has also edited over twenty books. He is especially interested in the way political think tanks influence environmental debates in modern Western societies.

 

Stefan - mynd-p18gr3o6nh1ugerqh1pgu1oja1958Stefan Rahmstorf – The Climate Crisis

Rahmstorf is an oceanographer and climatologist. Since 2000, he has been a Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and is Department Head at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He was one of the lead authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is a co-founder of the blog RealClimate, and was portrayed as one of the world’s 10 leading climate scientists by the Financial Times in 2009.

 

Mike Mann - mynd-p18gr3o6niahq14igb0l1bu211tsMichael Mann – The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines

Mann is a physicist and climatologist. He is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He has written more than 140 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and published two books, most recently The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012). Mann received a personalized certificate from the IPCC for “contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC”.

 

Kari Norgaard-p18gr3o6ni1m1dep5ders9fff9Kari Norgaard – Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life

is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. Over the past ten years she has published and taught in the areas of environmental sociology, gender and environment, race and environment, climate change, sociology of culture, social movements and sociology of emotions. Her book Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life was published in 2011.

 

Peter Sinclair-p18gr3o6nisr99onolsuuj9ubPeter Sinclair – Communicating Climate Science in the Disimformation Era

Sinclair is the author of “Climate Denial Crock of the Week”. He is a regular contributor to the prestigious Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, for which he produces a companion video series titled “This is Not Cool.” There are now more than 100 videos in the two series, which are used around the world to better understand and explain the most important environmental issue of our time.