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US climate change expert to give UCL lecture

12 October 2008


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Leading US climate change academic Professor Victor B Flatt is visiting UCL on Tuesday 14 October to discuss the potential for legislative change.

Professor Flatt, author of last year's "Taking the Legislative Temperature: Federal Climate Change Regulation" in the Northwestern University Law Review, will speak at an evening event at the UCL Environment Institute.

In his talk, 'US Federal Legislation Concerning Mandatory Controls of Greenhouse Gases: Probability and Parameters', Professor Flatt will address the politics surrounding climate change in the US presidential election, the role of Congress and look at the competing Bills addressing the issue.

He will also discuss how likely US comprehensive climate change legislation will operate with the current EU system and future international climate change agreements.

Professor Flatt will consider recent updates from the Pew Center for Climate Change, the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change representative to Congress, and the Nicholas Institute.

UCL President and Provost Professor Malcolm Grant will welcome Professor Flatt to the stage from 6pm. There will be time for questions and answers after his lecture, followed by a drinks reception.

Professor Flatt is currently the Taft Distinguished Visiting Professor in Environmental Law at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Law School. His permanent appointment is as the A.L. O'Quinn Chair in Environmental Law and Director of the Center for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources at the University of Houston Law Center.  

To book for the event, please register at the UCL Environment Institute.