How is the UK government responding to climate change? Does it have an effective programme for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Is it doing enough to avert disaster? We ask Professor Paul Ekins, Head of the Environment Group at the Policy Studies Institute, adviser to parliament’s Energy Audit Select Committee, and Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
BBC2’s Newsnight reported in July last year that for every tonne of carbon the UK had saved at home, 3 tonnes of carbon had been produced abroad. We ask Anita Goldsmith of Greenpeace about the government’s funding of coal-fired power stations overseas.
We also speak to Steve Waller who ran a pilot programme for local councils developing strategies to deal with climate change.
We ask three experts about the science of climate change:
- David Griggs, director of the Hadley Centre for climate change research at the Meteorological Office; David plays an ongoing role in the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the world’s leading authority on the science of climate change
- Mark Lynas has travelled the world to see some of the effects of global warming first hand and whose book “High Tide: News from a Warming World” is published by Flamingo in March 2004
- Peter Cox, a carbon cycle modeller at the Hadley Centre, who will look at the dangers of “positive feedback” scenarios