Science and Politics of Climate Change

Climate change continues to make headlines, from record ice melts in the Arctic to Australia experiencing its hottest day on record earlier this year.

Professor Robert ManneDespite the ever-growing body of evidence collected by organisations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), vested interests, both political and commercial, insist on the maintenance of a 'debate' about the very existence of anthropogenic climate change.

World-renowned climate change expert Professor David Karoly will join with Professor Robert Manne, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Convenor of the seminal Ideas and Society Program at La Trobe University to discuss the reasons behind political inaction to address the issue.

According to Professor Manne, despite the certainty of the consensual conclusions reached by the climate scientists, societies across the globe have so far spectacularly failed to rise to the challenge.

'Climate change is an issue that continues to be avoided on the world stage despite the evidence,' says Professor Manne.

The seminar will include Professor Karoly explaining the mechanisms of our changing climate and addressing common denialist arguments while Professor Manne, author of 'A Dark Victory: how vested interests defeated climate science', among other things, will discuss the success of vested interests in manufacturing doubt around the scientific evidence that has led to the current lack of political action to address this issue.

The Ideas and Society program involves a series of debates and public lectures aimed at considering some of the critical questions of the times. In this case, it is supporting a forum initiated from the La Trobe student body.

DATE: Wednesday 27 March 2013

TIME: 6.00-7.30pm

VENUE: Western Lecture Theatre 2, La Trobe University, Bundoora

Webcast: A webcast will be available for download from Ideas and Society following the seminar.

About Professor David Karoly, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne: Professor David Karoly is an ARC Federation Fellow and Professor of Meteorology in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is also leader of the Climate Change theme in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Science Advisory Panel of the Australian Climate Commission, the Australian government's High Level Coordination Group on Climate Change Science, and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

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