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17:30 - 19:31 22 May 2014

Addressing the joint challenges of climate change and food security

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G01 | Central House (link Map)
14 Upper Woburn Place | London | WC1H 0NN | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Pete Smith, is the Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange) and Director of Food Systems for the Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops.

Feeding 9–10 billion people by 2050 and preventing dangerous climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Both challenges must be met while reducing the impact of land management on ecosystem services that deliver vital goods and services, and support human health and well-being. Few studies to date have considered the interactions between these challenges. The supply and demand side climate mitigation potential available in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFLOU) sector and options for delivering food security are briefly reviewed. Some of the synergies and trade-offs afforded by mitigation practices are outlined, before an assessment of the mitigation potential possible in the AFOLU sector under possible future scenarios is presented, in which demand-side measures co-deliver to aid food security.


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Aimee Walker
+44 (0)203 108 5935 | aimee.walker@ucl.ac.uk


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