PLASTIC FREE LIFE: Climate change – world leaders are keener on jaw jaw than action says leading climate change scientist

“The problems will get worse until our greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced to zero” and “The continued success of our species and of many others on our planet is in doubt” warns leading Climate Change Scientist 

Professor Sir Brian Hoskins was the Founding Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London and has been a Professor in Meteorology at the University of Reading for 38 years.

He has held national and international posts including vice-chair of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme and was a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change for more than a decade.

In 1988, Professor Hoskins become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in 1998 he received a CBE for his services to meteorology and in 2007 he was knighted by the Queen.

In short, Professor Hoskins is one of the world’s pre-eminent experts on the subject of meteorology and climate change. An accomplished author and an in-demand speaker.

And he very kindly gave his time for this interview that can leave us all in doubt where we stand on climate change…

For many people, climate change isn’t something that was part of everyday life until more recently. For how long have you been involved in research on the challenges (and potential solutions for tackling) climate change?

“I have been researching into how the atmosphere works in weather and climate for more than 50 years. From the beginning, this brought me very close to the climate change issue, and I gave my first public talk on it in 1987.”

In that time, what changes has the world seen?

“In 1987, the observed warming was no larger than the natural variability of climate and there was little evidence of changing weather patterns and extreme weather events that could definitely be associated with our greenhouse gas emissions. This is all very different now. In addition, climate observations and computer models of the climate system are now much more advanced.”

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