The Geography Department offered Geography students from the U6 and L6 the opportunity to participate in a live webinar hosted by an organisation called ‘Carbon Brief.’
The theme of the webinar was: What impact is Covid-19 having on global CO₂ emissions?
The webinar featured a panel of leading climate scientists and analysts who have each recently published their findings on this topic. Members of the board included:
Prof Corinne Le Quéré CBE, from the Global Carbon Project and the University of East Anglia, who spoke about being the lead author on the first peer-reviewed study examining this topic, which was published in Nature Climate Change.
Prof Richard Betts MBE, Head of Climate Impacts at the Met Office’s Hadley Centre and the University of Exeter.
Lauri Myllyvirta, a Helsinki-based analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, who discussed what impact the lockdown has had on emissions in China and India.
Dr Zeke Hausfather, the Breakthrough Institute’s Director of Climate and Energy, who regularly writes for Carbon Brief, spoke about his research, which includes examining whether the pandemic might mean that 2019 comes to be seen as the year when global emissions peaked.
The panellists also took questions from the global audience of hundreds of people, ranging from leading scientists and university professors to members of the public, and our very own geographers from King’s Worcester.
It was a great opportunity to further our understanding of the science behind climate change, and it provided us with a unique opportunity to engage with world-leading climate scientists.
Below is the webinar. The questions that came from King’s can be found at around 32 minutes into the webinar.
A great experience!
Words by Mr Joyce, Teacher of Geography