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Challenges of climate change

17 March 2010

Antarctic Coast

One of Wales’ most eminent scientists and the former co-chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will give a keynote speech on global warming at the University.

Sir John Houghton FRS CBE will give the inaugural lecture for the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W), a £4M Wales-wide initiative that brings together natural and social scientists from across the University and beyond to study the impact of climate change.

As well as addressing the challenges climate change and global warming present for scientists and policy makers, Sir John will highlight the effects of climate change on communities around the world.

Sir John has been recognised with many international awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the IPCC delegation. He was the editor of the first three IPCC reports which have been instrumental in informing global policy in response to climate change. Sir John also founded the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research – regarded as a leading centre of scientific excellence.

Professor Nick Pidgeon, School of Psychology and C3W member said: "The launch of the C3W consortium brings a unique and exciting opportunity for natural and social scientists across Wales and Cardiff to collaborate on a range of policy and climate science issues of critical importance in both the UK and Welsh Assembly Government contexts."

C3W was announced in 2009 and has two overarching aims: to improve our fundamental understanding of the causes, nature, timing and consequences of climate change on planet earth’s environment and on humanity; and to reconfigure climate research in Wales as a recognisable centre of excellence on the world stage.

The consortium sees Cardiff joining forces with the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Swansea. It is financed by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, together with additional support from the Countryside Council for Wales and substantial investment from the four universities.

The lecture is hosted jointly by the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and School of Psychology. It takes place on Thursday 25 March 2010 and is part of a number of events that day to celebrate the official launch of C3W. It starts at 6.00pm in the Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building, with a reception from 5.15pm in the Council Chamber, Main Building.

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