UEA professors have warned governments gathering in Durban for climate change talks that time is running out to agree a deal over greenhouse gas emissions.

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The director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Professor Corinne Le Quere, stressed a deal must be reached by 2015.

To keep the rise in temperatures below the target of two degrees (C), carbon dioxide emissions need to peak between 2015 to 2020 and then decrease rapidly afterwards.

At the moment they are growing by around three per cent a year.

She said: “2015 is really the latest you can start the agreement, by 2020 it is finished.”

Professor Le Quere believes little is likely to happen in Durban, but that should not stop Britain from taking the lead.

“If we don’t take the first step China (the world’s biggest polluter) will not do anything either,” she said. “If the UK emissions go to zero it is peanuts, but if they went to zero this would have huge consequences.”

She believes Europe would follow Britain’s lead and its climate change technology could be exported throughout the world.

Speaking in the wake of a fresh email leak, Professor Le Quere said: “This is deja-vu. We had a lot of emails mentioning the Tyndall Centre and talking about how to communicate the science and it is put on the blogosphere like we are trying to say something that doesn’t exist.

“We are trying to make it as clear as possible. One of our remits is to communicate to society.”

But herein lies the problem for the Tyndall Centre.

It is responsible for spreading the message on climate change, to get us to change our ways, but its name is so synonymous with the leaked emails of Climategate that global warming sceptics use the Tyndall Centre to boost their own cause.

But Professor Le Quere believes they are winning the fight for the public’s support in tackling climate change.

“In the overall discussion of the problem we are making huge progress,” she said. “I think people are asking the real questions now. People are exploring the options, but there is not time at all.

“The man in the street is the 
person who has to do something. They have to take the decisions although there is no tangible progress in negotiation.”

tom.bristow@archant.co.uk


In tomorrow’s EDP meet the UEA professor whose research is forcing governments to rethink their climate change policies.

27 comments

  • Interesting , search engine on the new released emails, throws up the usual suspect names...Jones, Goldman Sachs and carbon trading...pity the last is dying on its knees.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • Well Cuthbert and Keith, I guess you are both claiming to be world reknowned experts on this subject and certainly not the average man on the street. How quaint! I feel privileged to be looking at the same website as you. Please tell us who you really are so that we may bathe in your supreme knowledge and intelligence. Cuthbert, surely the wikipedia description of you is incorrect?

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    andy

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • Just looked outside. Can't see any change. Ergo must be rubbish. Simples!

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    RichardS

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • I see the naysayers have run out of steam. Perhaps at least one of them would like to discus alternate energy GW and CC. I am an official consultant on electric vehicles and have a good knowledge of the surrounding subjects, so lets hear some sensible comments instead of the childish diatribe.

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    keith gerrard

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

  • 'Shaft the motorist" Mr. T ?- the motorist will be well shafted when the oil runs out! p.s. I believe there's a timber merchant near Watton with 300 cubit lengths of kopher wood for sale if anyone's interested.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • It isn't just scare-mongering or scientists in cahoots with the government - both those things are profoundly illogical, as they require a lot of people to act wholly outside their own interests. The Climate Scientists at the UEA would much rather that climate change did turn out to be a mistake - after all, it spells out some very unpleasant consequences for humanity - but that just isn't the case. The only reason they sound alarmed is because there genuinely is something to be alarmed about. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature team in the US confirmed this with a recent review of the evidence. There should be no reason to doubt any longer. I highly recommend visiting the Tyndall Centre website and watching some of their seminars on the matter. The information is not being hushed up - it's been made plain for all to see: http:www.tyndall.ac.uktyndall-tvphysical-basis-climate-change

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    Charlie Goodkind

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • Thanks for your comment. There may be a delay before it appears, but there's no need to resubmit it.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • On re-reading the quotation the professor has made, I think it may be wrong to say she is wrong about everything. After all she is quoted as saying that if China went to zero emissions it would have huge consequences. Quite correct one would have thought but the chinese are too clever to buy into that sort of nonsense.

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    andy

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • If the people who do not believe in man made climate change are wrong, everything dies, if all those that believe in man made climate change that the parasite as the human race is does change things are wrong, all we'll have is a cleaner planet, so the only intelligent choice, is to be greener, the only humans on the face of the earth that deserve to be here are those still living a life of sustenance, in balance with all around them, like what tribes are left living in the Amazon, being made smaller day by day, if you don't beleive we are making a difference in the wrong direction, you are truly ignorant, and probably watch a lot of soaps, and read Closer!!! If man can wipe out fish stocks, if man can make entire species extinct, if man can cover the entire planet with himself, why on earth can't you see man can change the environment, climate, that's all around him?

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    Jason Bunn

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • Erm Keith, we don't get climate in Britain..we get weather pattens....next!!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • NRG:....." Erm Keith, we don't get climate in Britain..we get weather pattens.".... Erm....Climate is the average weather pattern in a place over many years. So we get climate in Britain. As Keith said , the level of ignorance here is shocking. Now back to your paranoid conspiracy theories

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    CUTHBERT. J TWILLIE

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • Thanks for your comment. There may be a delay before it appears, but there's no need to resubmit it. OR REFRESH YOUR PAGE as that submits it again too!

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    Jason Bunn

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • Global Warming and then renamed Climate Change,for political reasons....so lets consruct more Windmills and charge the cost with a stealth tax on our enegy bills.Oh yes lets have a conference at some far flung country,to which all the Green People can fly to to spout more of the same !

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • Albert, there is nothing wrong whatsoever in having scientists, politicians, etc flying out to far flung places for a conference. It is flying or letting them back that's the problem. If they really want to be green they can walk back. And if we do let them back we should certainly not listen to anything they say or give them any authority.

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    andy

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • Corinne Le Quere. What's in it for you then ?? Time for you to consider a career change, rather than be a burden on us taxpayers ?

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    "V"

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • cuthbutt, my re-tort was for the organ grinder and not his monkey.....nevertheless it's weather that turns up....simples, even for a primate....next!!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • I dont think I have ever read so many ignorant simple minded posts in one place. The greed merchants are out in force today. Is there one of you goons capable of giving an 'educated' response on GW rather than this childish diatribe.

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    keith gerrard

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • Nooooo!!!! Not more of this climate change rubbish. The whole A GW theory has been totally discredited as the rubbish that it is.

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    Disgusted of Norwich South

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • Since realistically speaking, we are not going to have a world-wide agreement by 2015, I suggest we start thinking in terms of reducing the losses. Judging by past performance, the coming climate disaster is going to usher in the new Dark Age. At the very least, we should safeguard the knowledge that we so painstakingly gathered. In time, the biosphere will bounce back, and it would be a waste if we had to start from scratch, only to repeat the exercise yet again.

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    Matthew Morycinski

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • Me too Keith, I posted a message before my next one about if you refresh your page it resubmits your post, but they haven't put the posts up on the 2 stories I commented on. Common sense and intelligence it seems is too hard to take, 'you want the truth, you can't handle the truth!'

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    Jason Bunn

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

  • All the fiddling things we in the western world have done to cut emissions pale into insignificance in comparison with the annual emissions from wild fires in Chinese coal seams, peat bed forest fires in the far east and emissions from the tiger economies including countries like Indonesia and India Then there is the wholesale destruction of Indonesian forests-nearly all gone now, to plant palm oil for green fuels What did the green lobby think corrupt countries like that were going to do when its wealthiest and most influential families were given the opportunity to make a fast buck Not a green policy at all. The big question that needs to be answered is how fast CO2 levels rose at the end of earlier interglacial phases- if the rise was as the present then it might be fair to say that man's contribution is not driving it. If research proves that at the end stage of the last interglacial CO2 levels were much lower then we do need to change our ways fast. Thats if we think that CO2 levels actually drive global warming and climate change. As one poster said, the incestuous relationship between the UEA, the Tyndall centre and some other research bodies in the rest of the world ( and the IPCC) gives one pause for thought about the integrity of their science Where are you Dr K?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • And now the planning laws are going to be 'simplified' so millennia of heritage and biodiversity can be ploughed up and built over in the interests of a short term fiscal fix. Green government - I don't think so!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • So faceless ignorant person, the climate is not changeing? Have you gone outside lately?

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    keith gerrard

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • My reply was edited out. There realy is little to say. This country has had it. So moan away all the greedy people. You are soon to get what you deserve. You wont be able to buy your way out this time.

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    keith gerrard

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • We’re all doomed AGAIN.. these comments about global warming are starting to be like Christmas, an annual event. Think most people are grown up enough to recognise there are changes, and yes we all need to do our bit, but a lot of these comments to me are just waffle and scare mongering, either that or they are working in harmony with the government and generating more reasons to increase taxes and shaft the motorist.

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • Have you looked outside lately? Oh dear, what a poor arguement. Lets wait a week and see if you still want to use it. Mild weather is still weather.

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    jsad@dogsoldiers.plus.com

    Monday, November 28, 2011

  • It is always amusing to see unqualified , out of their depth posters like Andy giving us his opinion on complicated matters of science. If he told us that the Hadron Collider was badly designed and the results misinterpreted would we take any notice of him ? If he told us the correct way in his opinion to carry out a liver transplant we would laugh at his presumption. But this armchair expert is quite happy to dispute the extremely complicated science of climate change and claim that the vast majority of experts who have studied this phenomenon over decades have got it all wrong. Frankly , the average man in the street does not have an opinion worth listening to on this issue. Given a choice of Nigel Lawson and " Lord " Monckton or the Tyndall Centre i know which way i would vote.

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    CUTHBERT. J TWILLIE

    Monday, November 28, 2011

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