Three keynote speakers on climate research
Katherine Richardson: Our society is in the throes of disruption – but you would never know it from the news.
Where our ancestors realized that they – for the sake of their own health and prosperity – must actively manage their local natural resources, we now have become so many on the planet that we are recognizing that we must manage our resources at the planetary level.
The recognition that our global resources are not infinite represents a paradigm change in thinking (disruption!). The sky’s the limit now is transformed to the Earth’s the limit for our development.
This talk focuses on the scientific evidence for limited natural resources (“planetary boundaries”), the status for the development of global management of these resources (COP 21) and considers whether “silo thinking” in journalism actually prevents us from seeing the forest for the trees when it comes to communicating critical societal change to the public at large?
Peter Höppe: How natural catastrophes occur: lessons from the insurance industry
From an early point, the reinsurance industry has had a big role in climate research since there is a direct interest in being able to assess risks of natural disasters due to climate related changes.
A long time before politicians had recognised the need for better knowledge on climate change, the insurance company Munich Re had set up their own research department, Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre, to collect and analyse data of natural disasters in relation to climate related changes, headed by professor in meteorology, Peter Höppe. Through these private research initiatives, the insurance industry has a unique insight in how natural catastrophes occur and thus, also suggestions for how to deal with climate changes.
James Painter: Changing Climate, Changing Media
Reporting on climate change is challenging, but it turns out that new players are an important addition to climate change coverage. They reach new segments of the audience with a wide range of novel reporting styles, formats, and tone that makes them stand out from more established media. Who are they and how do the do it?