#COP21 in the words of world-leading climate scientists

Published on: 24 November 2015

The University of Exeter is a global hub of research into climate change and climate systems. Our staff include world-leading scientists such as Professor of Climate System Dynamics Peter Cox and joint Met Office Chair in Climate Change Professor Mat Collins.

In the run up to the hugely important #COP21 meeting in Paris PhD student Simon Clark interviewed these professors and other academics on what was at stake? What needed to be agreed on at the meeting? And the consequences of what could happen if no action is taken.

Header video: COP21 is being heralded as one of the most important meetings in the history of global warming. In this video Professors Mat Collins and Peter Cox discuss what COP21 is and what has happened in negotiations to date.

Why is 2°C the target for global warming?

Many countries want to limit global warming to less than 2°C, but why is this the case? In this video Professor Peter Cox, Professor of Climate System Dynamics at the University of Exeter, explains why this is the case.


Why is global warming a big deal?

World leaders are meeting in Paris to agree on a deal to prevent dangerous climate change. But why? Why are we talking about global warming? And what happens if we don't agree on a solution?

The Earth has warmed before, why is global warming different?

Why should we be concerned about global warming if the world has warmed before? Why is this time any different?

What needs to happen at #COP21?

At COP21 What needs to happen? And, what needs to be agreed on? In this video Professors Mark Baldwin, Peter Cox, and Matt Collins from the department of mathematics in the University of Exeter talk through these issues.

What do climate scientists think will happen at #COP21?

The COP21 meeting in Paris could be one of the most important meetings in human history. If we can agree on meaningful action now we can avoid trillions of dollars of damage in the future. Do climate professors think this will happen?

All of these videos are available on Simon's YouTube channel, SimonOxfPhys, alongside other videos about life as a PhD student at Exeter.

Related links

» SimonOxfPhys on YouTube
» Met Office

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