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"We are fast running out of time": UCL climate change expert

A UCL climate change expert has spoken at a cross party event marking the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act

Professor Chris Rapley

18 December 2018

Project details 

Partners: All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and Policy Connect think tank


The event was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and the Policy Connect think tank.

Professor Chris Rapley (UCL Professor of Climate Science) spoke at a cross party summit of parliamentarians calling for urgent action on climate change. The group seeks to adapt the 2008 Climate Change Act so it is in line with the Paris Agreement, and pursue simple, lower cost solutions like solar, onshore wind and increased rates of energy efficiency.

Speakers included: 

  • former Labour leader Ed Miliband
  • Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable
  • Caroline Lucas (Green)
  • Ian Blackford (SNP)

UCL's Professor Rapley spoke about turning points in 2018 that he believes might spur action in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Britain’s strength globally is in our climate change science: the research, the policy, and the Climate Change Act. From this place of strength, future governments should place sustainability and climate science central to policy. Demonstrating that we can be a world leader in climate change is something we should all fight for.

Impacts and Outputs

Professor Rapley speaks about why Parliament and Government need to set a target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 in this video:

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