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Shale gas: Positive breakthrough or environmental disaster?

  • Date(s)
    17 January 2012
  • Time
    12.30 - 14.00
  • Location
Shale gas: Positive breakthrough or environmental disaster?

Policy Network continues its work with Anthony Giddens on The Politics of Climate Change in a series of seminars on geo-engineering, shale gas and nuclear power.

Amidst the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression climate change and energy security have slipped down the political agenda. The recent outcome of the Durban Summit was an important step in agreeing a binding successor to the Kyoto protocol. But alone it is simply not enough. Negotiations about limiting carbon emissions have so far had a very limited effect on the growth of greenhouse gas emissions.

Given the continued increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere it is possible that the world will have to turn to one or other versions of geo-engineering. In current form virtually all energy sources are surrounded by controversy of one sort or another - shale gas and nuclear energy are among the most controversial.

This seminar series will take a non-partisan look at the particular advantages and pitfalls of these three areas of concern.

The second event of the series is 'Shale gas: Positive breakthrough or environmental disaster?' and is held from 12.30 to 14.00 on 17 January 2012.

Confirmed Speakers
Anthony Giddens, former director of the LSE and author of The Politics of Climate Change.
Professor Paul Stevens, senior research fellow, energy environment and development, Chatham House, emeritus professor of petroleum policy at the University of Dundee.

For more information on the other events in this series see The prospects for geo-engineering & What Role for Nuclear Power?

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