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CICERO and KAN seminar series

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Published 07.05.2021

June 3, 15:00 - 16:00 CEST

Title: The kids aren't alright

Speaker: Wim Thiery, Research Professor, Vrije University Brussel

Will a newborn experience more impacts from climate change compared to a 60-year old? With the emergence of a global climate youth movement, questions of intergenerational justice regarding climate change mitigation have come to the fore. However, a scientific perspective on intergenerational climate impacts is still lacking. In our latest study, we show that newborns in 2020 are projected to experience 2-7 times more extreme events globally under current climate pledges than someone born in 1960, using a novel framework that quantifies impacts as they are experienced along the course of a person's life. Limiting warming to 1.5°C consistently reduces that burden while still leaving younger generations with unavoidable impacts that are unmatched by those experienced by older generations. These results provide a scientific basis to understand the position from which younger generations challenge the present shortfall of adequate climate action.

The seminar is free, but need registration. CLICK HERE to register

About the speaker Wim Thiery is a climate scientist with a specific interest in modelling the interactions between water resources and the atmosphere in a changing climate. After obtaining MSc’s at KU Leuven in Philosophy and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change, he was an FWO PhD fellow investigating the interaction between climate and the African Great Lakes with a regional climate model. From 2015 to 2018, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich, where he investigated the historical and future impacts of irrigation on climate extremes at the global scale. In 2017, he was appointed as research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he established the BCLIMATE Group. His research interests include land-atmosphere interactions, climate extremes, global climate modelling, land management, storm early warnings, energy meteorology, and global-scale climate impact modelling. Forbes magazine elected him as a member of the “Forbes 30 under 30 Europe” Class of 2017, bringing together “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers in Europe”.