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Published on Jul 18, 2013
'THE BURNING QUESTION - WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO LEAVE THE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND & IS HUMAN SOCIETY UP TO IT?', UCL-Energy and UCL ISR seminar held at University College London on Tuesday 2 July 2013.
Duncan Clark takes a fascinating and alarming big-picture look at climate change based on the new book he co-authored with Mike Berners-Lee, The Burning Question.
Described by Al Gore as "fascinating, important and highly recommended", the book shows that global carbon emissions are not just increasing but accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. Efficiency gains and national cuts aren't working, Clark and Berners-Lee argue, because at the global level saving energy is like squeezing a balloon: reductions in one place lead to increases elsewhere. Even clean energy technologies don't in themselves slow the rate of fossil fuel extraction.
The real challenge, this talk will argue, is persuading the world to write off oil, coal and gas reserves worth many trillions of dollars -- at least until we have the means to put carbon back in the ground. What mix of politics, psychology, economics and technology might be required? Are the energy companies massively overvalued, and how will carbon cuts affect the global economy? Will we wake up to the threat in time? And who can do what to make it all happen?
With thanks to MW Productions www.mcenerywest.co.uk for the filming and editing of this video