- About Us
- About the Institute
- Research Themes
- Research Reports
- Public Engagement
- UCL Sustainability
- Past Events
- UCLEI Public Lecture Series 2010-11
- UCLEI Public Lecture Series 2009-10
- UCLEI Public Lecture Series 2008-09
- Past Conferences
- UCL Environment Institute Workshops
- UCL Environment Institute: Poetry Reading
- Communicating climate risk and the implications for food security – looking to COP16 and beyond
- UCLEI Waste Report Launch in Italy
- Climate Change Film Night
- Sustainability in Sport
- A Planetary Order
- FCO Presentations
- Shaking All Over: Sadhana’s The Shiver to tour UK
- Healthy Cities Symposium
- Heritage and Climate Change: Protection at any cost?
- Darwins in Bloomsbury: A Reading & Debate
- Persistence (of Vision)
- Environmental Governance: Past News & Events
- General EI News & Events
- Biodiversity - Past News & Events
- Climate Predictions and Impacts: Past News & Events
- Cultures of Sustainability: Past News & Events
- Migration and Settlement: Past News & Events
- Past Climates & Ecologies: Past News & Events
- Sustainable Cities: Past News & Events
- Water Security: Past News & Events
- UCL' s Global Water Hackathon
- ANTELOPE CONSERVATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY: FROM DIAGNOSIS TO ACTION
- The Mara Crossing - Poems and Prose on Migration, by Ruth Padel
- Migration and Settlement News & Events
- The Complex Physics of Climate Change: Nonlinearity and Stochasticity
- Sustainability: Concepts and Materials
- Shaping Cities for Health: Complexity and the planning urban of environments in the 21st century Report of the UCL–Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities
- Environmental Governance: News & Events
- Climate Change & Cities Workshop
- Water Security Past News & Events
- Past Events 2007-2011
- Migration Photography Competition
- Forthcoming Events
- UCLEI Inaugural Annual Conference 2013
News & Events
Free Film Screening: "Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science"
22nd April, 2013, 6pm
23 November 2011
Lectures & Symposia
The Complex Physics of Climate Change: Nonlinearity and Stochasticity
Michael Ghil, 14 Mar 2012
Royal Society of Canada Panel on Oil Sands
Professor Hrudey, 12th Dec 2011
Healthy Cities Symposium
4th May 2011
Communicating climate risk and the implications for food security – COP16 & beyond
16th Nov 2010
Climate Change Film Night
15th Oct 2010
UCLEI Public Lecture Series 2008-09
The UCL Environment Institute held a very successful Public Lecture Series throughout the 2008-09 academic year. Below are some brief summaries of each talk. You may also download the presentation slides for each.
US Federal Legislation Concerning Mandatory Controls of Greenhouse Gases: Probability and Parameters.
Professor Victor Flatt, Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, University of Houston Law Centre, October 2008
Professor Flatt’s presentation addressed both the politics surrounding climate change in the U.S. Presidential election, the U.S. Congress and the competing Bills addressing the issue. Professor Flatt also discussed how likely US comprehensively climate change legislation will operate with the current EU system and future International climate change agreements. Click here for the presentation slides.
Sir David King outlined a number of 21st Century Challenges to facing all countries: Climate change; food production; conflict and terrorism; water resource; energy security and supply; health and education; biodiversity; and population, which he argued was the ddriver for all the other challenges. Click here for the presentation slides.
Science and the Future: Using Foresight in Government
Professor Sandy Thomas, Head of Foresight, Government Office for Science, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), December 2008
Professor Thomas’s presentation focused on three Foresight reports Powering Our Future, Obesity and Mental Capital. She
provided a breakdown of each project’s design, aims and results as
well as the government’s response to these in terms of policy and
planning. Click here for the presentation slides.
Professor Beddington outlined a number of global challenges including: urbanisation; population; alleviating poverty; energy demand; water demand; food security; infectious diseases; climate change. He argued that science and engineering solutions are needed for these complex and interrelated issues. Click here for the presentation slides.
Climate Change Resilience, Sustainable Consumption and Energy Efficiency; The Role of the Built Environment
Professor Michael Kelly, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), March 2009
Professor Kelly argued that in the UK alone, we are currently living a 'three planet lifestyle’ and it is time to make some vital choices, to enable people to enjoy a one planet lifestyle. The cities, power plants and homes we build today will either lock society into damaging over-consumption beyond our lifetimes, or begin to propel this and future generations towards sustainable, One Planet Living. Click here for the presentation slides.
Professor Bob Watson argued that climate change links all environmental issues, including: stratospheric ozone depletion; air quality; desertification; water; forestry and biodiversity. He concluded the there is no dichotomy between environmental protection and economic growth – indeed environmental degradation undermines development and the Millennium Development Goals. There are cost-effective and equitable solutions to address issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss, but political will and moral leadership is needed. Click here for the presentation slides.
Lord Turner discussed the challenges to neoclassical economics post credit crunch; focusing on the inherent uncertainty in social and economic relationships and the global economic impacts of climate change. He challenged the assumption that mitigating global warming will be expensive, instead highlighted the economic rationale of acting now for future sustainability. Click here for the presentation slides.