50 months - 50 months: Kevin Anderson, Head of Climate & Energy Research, Tyndall Centre, Manchester University
My day job is to translate the science of climate change into the everyday language we use to understand our lives. To chaperon policy-makers in the transition towards a low-carbon UK, and to help companies and civil society understand the mitigation challenge we all face.Flashback: Ceci n'est pas un bonhomme de neige! – Telegraph Blogs
...we continue to respond as ill-behaved children quarrelling in the playground. T
...those with a more enlightened and creative outlook could yet see a low carbon Phoenix emerge from the fossil-fuelled flames. Uncomfortable as it may be, what we desperately need are top-down standards initiating an immediate transition to low-carbon practices – through radically more efficient demand-technologies (fridges, cars, etc.) and major changes in our lifestyle.
So what will I do differently? I haven’t flown for almost eight years – and that will have to continue. I have halved the distance I drive each year and have significantly changed how I drive. I’ve done without a fridge for 12 years, but recently relented and joined the very small proportion of the world’s population that has a fridge – this I may have to reverse! I’ve cut back on washing and showering – but only to levels that were the norm just a few years back. All this is a start but it is not enough.
Prof Anderson, I note, is a non-executive director of Greenstone Carbon Management, which makes a pretty penny advising clients including Eversheds, Clifford Chance, Fujitsu, Henderson Global Investors, Ocado,and Virgin UK on how to reduce their carbon emissions. Since Greenstone's function would be entirely redundant were it not for a regulatory climate whose existence owes itself the supposedly independent scientific expertise of research organisations like the Tyndall Centre, you can see why Professor Anderson got his job.2011: Warmist Kevin Anderson: "I think it’s extremely unlikely that we wouldn’t have mass death at 4 degrees"
I hope Professor Anderson is properly remunerated for his expert expertise.