From Paris to Manchester: Challenges to Adapting to a Changing Climate

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From Paris to Manchester: Challenges to Adapting to a Changing Climate. A talk by Professor Walter Leal on Thursday 23th February at 18:00 in T0.03, John Dalton building. (Refreshments available from 17:30).

Climate Change is one of the most important challenges of modern time. Its impacts on landscapes, ecosystems and in sectors such as agriculture, is very significant. Also, the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people are threatened by phenomena such as droughts and extreme events. The Paris Agreement reached in 2015 brings new hopes towards a new world order where climate change is placed higher in the agenda of governments.

In this talk, Walter Leal will address the problems and challenges posed by climate change, will introduce his work as Chairman of the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), and discuss some of the means via which the world can adapt to a changing climate.

Professor Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt) is a Professor of Environment and Technology at Manchester Met and at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, in Germany.

Prof. Leal directs the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) which is a leading programme on climate change education, information and communication.

He is an honorary professor at the University of Blageovgrad, University of Rezekne, University of Applied Sciences Zittau-Görlitz and a visiting professor at various other universities.

His research interests are on sustainable development, climate change and renewable energy. He has over 300 publications among authored/edited books, book chapters, papers published in refereed journals and/or presented at international conferences, to his credit.

His field experience involves missions undertaken on behalf of various international organisations (e.g. European Union, World Bank, OECD, UNESCO, UNEP) and attendance to specialised events in North America, Latin America/Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Among the many awards he has received, it can be mentioned the 1999 “Leading Editor of the Year Award” and the 2000  “Editor of the Year Award”, by MCB University Press, the “Eco-Citizen Award” (2001) in Rio de Janeiro and  the Aurelio Giuseppe Prize awarded by the Italian Council of Ministers for his environmental work. Moreover,  he was awarded the “Golden Page Award” (April 2003) in London for his editorial work and the North Sea Star  Award (2006) by the EU-Interreg Secretariat for his project work in the North Sea Region.

In addition to his own research, Prof Leal has been acting as a supervisor of several academic theses (Masters and Doctorate), as well as post-doctorate programmes on the subjects of environmental management, climate change, sustainable development and renewable energy for students from European and developing countries.

He is also the editor of the Journals “Management of Environmental Quality”, the “International Journal of Innovation  and Sustainable Development” and founding editor of the “International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education”, the “International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development” and the “International Journal of Climate Change  Strategies and Management”. Prof. Leal has extensive experience with European funding programmes and the management of large interdisciplinary research projects.

Refreshments will be available from 17:30 in the John Dalton building, with the talk beginning in Lecture Theatre T0.03 at 18:00. This will last around one hour and will include time for audience questions. The event will finish with a drinks reception and further discussion.

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