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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Professor Donald MacKenzie: The Material Sociology of Carbon Markets

22nd October 2007, 18:15, The Calman Learning Centre, room 202

Climate change will affect us all; from the crops we can grow, common diseases we suffer from, our energy usage, weather patterns and so forth. The list is endless - ultimately the environment determines how we live. Hence it is vital that we have a robust model of how our environment will respond to a changing climate and how our very existence is driving climate change. In this series of public lectures we will explore some of these issues by examining how we use models to understand the past and predict the future, also we will look at how we handle uncertainty and risk.

The first lecture in this series, by Professor Donald MacKenzie from Edinburgh, will look at how we can manage our influence on climate change through market forces and shows that the simple model of carbon trading is not so simple after all.

Contact r.w.hobbs@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.