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True Planet @ Oxford

Date posted: 02 December 2019


True Planet

As we respond to a changing climate, how humanity will cope and thrive in this uncertain future has never been more important. This autumn, discover Oxford’s global research on climate, energy, food, water, waste and biodiversity.

The Futuremakers podcast - Series 2

Episode 1: Twelve years to climate disaster?

The IPCC’s 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C broke into the public consciousness through media reporting that we only had twelve years to limit climate change catastrophe. 

But was this really the conclusion of the report? If it was, do we really only have twelve years to fix our climate, and if not, how soon should we take action?

Join Peter Millican as he explores this topic with Professor Myles Allen, Coordinating Lead Author on the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees, Professor Helen Johnson from Oxford’s Earth Sciences Department, whose work focuses on understanding ocean circulation and the role in plays in the climate system; and Dr James Painter from the Reuters Institute at Oxford, who focuses on the portrayals of climate change in online and offline media.

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Episode 4: Climate change: do individual actions matter?

With a lot of Government work relying on geo-political understanding between nation states and large multinational corporations, is there still potential for actions on an individual level to shape the future of the planet? Do actions such as changing our diets, varying how we commute or even joining in with mass demonstrations, have the possibility of being anywhere near as effective as changes that can be made on an international level? Can one person save the planet?

Join our host, philosopher Peter Millican, as he explores this topic with Professor Susan Jebb, a nutrition scientist who is co-director of the Livestock, Environment and People (or LEAP) project, Dr Tina Fawcett, a senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, who works on the ECI’s energy programme, and Tristram Walsh, President of the Oxford Climate Society, a student society dedicated to developing informed climate leaders.

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Oxford research for a changing world

The world around us is changing, and Oxford researchers are at the forefront of trying to understand better the reasons for global temperature and sea level increases, extreme weather events, plastic waste proliferation and threats to biodiversity.

Our researchers are working with partners in industry, government, the third sector and at other universities to address these challenges and to propose innovative approaches and solutions.

From water to weather, fuel to food; from how we power our homes to how we protect the landscape around us, Oxford’s cross-disciplinary research approach is helping to better understand the complexities and interactions of human activity and the sustainability of our environment.

Take part in the discussion, make informed decisions, collaborate on the next big breakthrough – and discover how Oxford research is making a positive impact on our changing world.

Join the conversation at #TruePlanet.