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The Next Environmental Crisis

Monday 15th November - 06:00 PM GMT

The Next Environmental Crisis

Are our current solutions just a short term fix?

The new clean energy economy, endorsed by governments and campaigners, promises to save us from environmental disaster. But worries are growing that we could be heading to a new future crisis.  In decades to come some argue we will be struggling to contain the huge environmental damage caused by billions of highly toxic and unrecyclable solar cells and car batteries, along with newly commissioned nuclear plants, while the internet itself, bitcoin mining included, consumes uncontrollable amounts of energy.

Are the problems of the environment even more challenging than we think? Will the new economy save us, or are the current technical solutions a short term fix? Is relentless consumption and growth itself to blame for our environmental issues?  Or can we rely on humanity’s ability to solve the next crisis that we may be in the process of causing now? 

Cosmologist, astrophysicist, and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, award winning economist and Professor of Environmental Economics Thomas Sterner, and controversial climatologist Judith Curry join us to ask if we're heading towards a new environmental crisis.

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18.00 GMT - Headline Debate - Arena

18.50 GMT - Q&A Session - Arena

19.00 GMT - Meet the Speakers Session - Lounge

19.15 GMT - Documentary Screening - Cinema


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Judith Curry


Judith Curry is President and co-founder of CFAN. Following an influential career in academic research and administration, Curry founded CFAN to translate cutting-edge weather and climate research into forecast products that support the mitigation of weather and climate risk for public and private sector decision makers.

Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal

Martin Rees is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2012 and President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010.

Thomas Sterner

Environmental Economist 

Thomas Nils Samuel Sterner is a Swedish economist and a professor of environmental economics at the University of Gothenburg. He has published over 125 papers, more than a dozen books, and received numerous accolades including the French Legion of Honour for his work. 

Linda Yueh

Economist and former BBC Chief Business correspondent Professor Linda Yueh holds positions as Fellow of Economics at St Edmunds College, Oxford, as well as Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School. Her most recent book - the Great Economists - was included in the Times's Best Business Books of the Year.

The Next Environmental Crisis

Exclusive Documentary Screening:
The Disappearing Delta

The erosion of Louisiana’s wetlands is one of the greatest environmental threats the US faces today.

In terms of sea-level rise, it is the canary in the coal mine for what is likely to happen across the coastal systems of the world if we remain complacent.

This award-winning film chronicles the lives of individuals who are experiencing that loss in the deepest parts of the Mississippi Delta.