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Join us on the 26th April at 9am BST / 8am GMT/ 10am CET for episode eight in our series, with Prof Neil Ward, University of East Anglia. His book Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change Lessons from the UK Agri-Food examines the implications of the net zero transition for food and farming in the UK and how these can be managed to avoid catastrophic climate change in the crucial decades ahead. In this Researcher Live event, Prof. Ward will discuss the contents of his book and its reasoning and implications.
International efforts to address climate change have focussed heavily on power generation and transport, but the agri-food system remains a difficult problem accounting for over a third of total greenhouse gas emissions. This talk introduces the challenges for the agri-food system in the transition to net zero emissions to meet the Paris Agreement commitments. It takes the particular case of the UK agri-food system to explore the implications for diet, land use and farming practices, and draws lessons for the science and politics of the agri-food system's net zero transition around the world.
The slides for this event are included here.
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Full series programme:
- 4th April, 1.30pm BST How NOT to save a planet with Prof Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, the Dean of Durham Law School
- 13th April, 10am BST - The challenges of communicating climate change with Dr Christel W. van Eck, University of Amsterdam
- 19th April, 3pm BST - Achieving climate goals in the residential sector and industry: Power to heat and Green hydrogen as the most promising applications of sector integration with Tuomas Vanhanen, Tampere University, Finland, and Jasmin Ramsebner, Vienna University of Technology
- 20th April, 4pm BST - Role of AI in Predicting Climate Disasters in Northern Regions with Dr. Pooneh Maghoul, Polytechnique Montreal and PhD Candidate Ali Fatolahzadeh Gheysari, University of Manitoba
- 21st April 1pm BST - The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change with Prof. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- 22nd April, 10am BST - Home away from home: The importance of sanctuaries for protecting and studying our fellow apes with PhD Candidate Jake Brooker, Durham University
- 25th April, 10am BST - Satellite Remote Sensing - a Conservation Revolution with Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
- 26th April, 9am BST - Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System with Professor Neil Ward, Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich
- 28th April, 11am BST - Defusing the 2020s Heat Bomb: Getting Government Action Now with Prof Ian Budge, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex
- 4th May, 3pm BST - Opportunities for storage to achieve deep decarbonization across sectors with Prof Noah Kittner, University of North Carolina System, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
- 9th May, 9am BST - Impacts of Plastics Pollution on Seabirds with PhD Candidate Peter Puskic, University of Tasmania
- 12th May, 10am BST - Biotransformation Technology: How to deliver full biological decomposition on polyolefin packaging materials in the open environment with Celine Moreira, Polymateria
Neil Ward is Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, UK. He was UEA’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (2014-2021), and was formally Director of the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University (2004-2008). He has worked on fifty funded research projects examining agriculture, environment, food and rural development, served as a Cabinet Office advisor on agriculture and rural affairs and has appeared before numerous parliamentary select committees.
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