11 January 2013
In a in Copenhagen Sustainability Lecture on 11 January, Prof. Dr. Kabat argued that narrowly focused, single-disciplinary science alone cannot adequately underpin policies and solutions to resolve major sustainability challenges. We must rapidly refocus intellectual and economic investments toward multiscale, integrated, interdisciplinary approaches that consider social, economic, and environmental aspects, that look across and between borders and sectors, and that identify feedbacks or the cobenefits of a policy or management decision, before it is made.
One example of this “systems” approach is the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), a multiyear, multidisciplinary study (coordinated by IIASA). The GEA links energy to climate, air quality, human health and mortality, economic growth, urbanization, water, land use, and other factors. The GEA scenarios find that energy access for all (by 2050) is possible with cobenefits of limiting warming to 2°C, improving air quality and human health, and stimulating economic growth within a green economy framework.
Realizing the sustainability goals of Rio+20 will require investment in integrated analyses to fully understand the Earth system (human and natural). This must be enabled by substantial growth in public-private partnerships that stimulate and fund collaboration between social and natural scientists and that engage key stakeholders in the user community at all stages of the research cycle—from inception to implementation.
How to attend the lecture
11 January 2013
University of Copenhagen
Department of Geoscience and
Natural Resource Management
1958 Frederiksberg C
Sign up for free before January 10th at 15.00
Annette Jeholm, , phone: +45 35331019
About the Copenhagen Sustainability Lectures
Copenhagen Sustainability Lectures aims to create attention and visibility of the challenges of global sustainability. Danish and foreign speakers visit University of Copenhagen to focus on a broad array of topics concerned with sustainability, pass on their experiences, and give their opinions on how to approach the challenges we are facing now and in the future.
Last edited: 15 January 2013
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