On 9 june 2010 centre executive director Johan Rockström and SEI researcher Karl Hallding teamed up with Professor Kjell Aleklett from Global Energy Systems Group, Uppsala University to discuss future energy and climate security challenges.
- IPCC predictions are exaggerated
One of Europe's leading experts on fossil fuel, Haleklett argues that the gloomy IPCC predictions of climate change are exaggerated simply because the world´s oil resources will reach its peak within the next 20 years or so.
- However, this doesn´t mean we can continue with business as usual. We are faced with challenges far beyond the climate ones once our fossil fuel deposits have run out, he says.
See presentation with Aleklett here:
Four scenarios — four outcomes
Karl Hallding, Head of SEI´s China Cluster and an expert on scenarios, presented four possible global scenarios for climate change and peaking fossil reserves with a time horizon ranging from a decade to a century.
He presented the scenarios through a matrix of four possible directions and showed what the security outcomes will be for each route taken. Three of these futures will prove exceedingly challenging, he argues.
- Clearly, a combination of mounting climate change and increasing competition for peaking fossil deposits is creating new global, regional and local security challenges. These challenges are adding to traditional security issues in a changing landscape of economic and political power, he says.
See Hallding´s presentation here:
He provided a clearer picture of global temperature trends, tipping elements in the Earth system and the interconnected challenges humans face, highlighting the nine planetary boundaries which include biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, freshwater use, climate change, ozone depletion, land system change, chemical pollution, atmospheric aerosol loading and biochemical loading.
See Rockström´s presentation here:
See the entire seminar here:
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