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cc: "Goulden, Marisa" <>
date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 16:53:03 +0100
from: "Quinn, Rachel" <>
subject: Draft programme for Royal Society Climate Change meeting
to: "''" <>

Response requested by 3 August.

Dear Mike,

Good to see you last Friday and thanks for putting the links to the carbon
sinks report on your website.

Please find attached the latest draft of the programme for the climate
change meeting. Marisa and I have taken on board everyone's comments and
suggestions and produced a composite programme. I hope that we have
accommodated as many people's suggestions as possible. You will see that the
majority of the speakers and discussants for Day 1 are in place and I have
highlighted any uncertainties in yellow on the word document. I would be
grateful for your advice on these. For Day 2 we have a list of possible
sessions and a number of suggested speakers (both individuals and
organisations). I would be grateful for your comments on both the sessions
and speakers.

- We would like to finalise and invite the speakers in August so I would be
grateful for your comments on these by the end of next week. I will forward
additional stakeholder comments as they arrive.
- At a later stage it will be necessary for speakers and discussants to
discuss the content of their talks to ensure the correct balance. We suggest
that one member of the Steering Group takes responsibility for co-ordinating
this for each session. We had wondered whether you might be able to do this
for Session 7 where the programme is essentially as you originally
suggested. This will also involve collaboration with the Session Chair once
they are appointed. Will you have time?

We have circulated the draft programme (speakers & discussants removed) to a
number of NGOs and also to English Nature. Everyone has welcomed the meeting
and is keen to attend. Most have provided only very general comments about
what they might want to get out of the meeting. They are as follows:
- Would like to see a session on/consideration of the impact of climate
change on biodiversity. This field has grown dramatically in the UK in the
last couple of years and UK initiatives such as the Monarch project (due to
report in Sept) is being emulated in other parts of Europe.
- For each level of CO2 they would like to see a list of types of
environmental damage that would occur at that level.
- Would like to have probabilities of occurrence attached to the various
socio-economic storylines i.e. some kind of quantification of risk of
various things happening.
- The key missing factor for me is the notion of prevention. How do we
prevent GHG being emitted? All your discussion is around measuring impact,
modelling change and mitigating change. It may be true that all these are
important, but on the side we should be going hell for leather to prevent
emissions - precautionary principle and all that. The evidence is that we
can't wait for a joined up strategy. The sort of things we could be doing
now to cut back on GHG radically are, in fact, extremely good for the
economy and society as well as the environment. As well as the renewable
energy, energy efficiency etc, what about including a session on the 'low
carbon economy' - how to develop an approach to goods and services that uses
10 times less resource input. This has benefits to the economy, and society
as well as the environment whether or not climate change is
anthropogenically caused or not. If what the IPCC says is right, then going
hell for leather for every option to reduce resource use in a way that
doesn't stop the UK economy in its tracks is a top priority. Such an
approach brings together the RS and scientists engaged with climate change,
with the efforts of some policy makers (including the PIU in the Cabinet
Office and DTI) to get resource productivity into Treasury and industry

We are hoping to get comments from DEFRA, FCO and BP next week. I would be
interested to know whether you have discussed the meeting with other
stakeholders and whether they had and comments or suggestions concerning the

Please do not hesitate to phone me if that would be easier than e-mailing
your comments. I am back in the office on Tues 31 July.

Many thanks
<<RS climate programme 26_07.doc>>

Dr Rachel Quinn
Manager (Environment & Energy)
Science Advice Section
The Royal Society
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