The 9pm The Earth is On Fire and We’re All Going to Die with Ketan Joshi

Ketan Joshi looking relatively optimistic about the future. (Photo: University of Sydney)

The Late Winter Series 2021 of the Edict continues as Planet Earth continues to burn. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is calling it a “code red for humanity”. We dig into that with Ketan Joshi. He’s a communications consultant working with NGOs in Europe, and also a freelance writer covering climate and energy.

We talk about how the policies and actions of the Australian government are lagging well behind public opinion, how quickly we could change our energy technology if we really tried, and what we should tackle over the next decade.

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  • I did a science degree at Sydney University, and since I was a teenager I’ve loved science, technology, philosophy and psychology. I worked in the renewable energy industry for about eight years, doing operational monitoring, data analysis, community engagement and corporate communications. I’ve also worked in data science and innovation communications at Australia’s national science agency. At the moment, I live in Oslo, Norway. I’m a full-time writer, analyst, communications consultant and author, and you can read more about my work on climate and energy here.
  • Climate and clean tech author and analyst. Tech, data, science, justice, community. My book Windfall has words and pictures. We are cancelling the apocalypse.
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations mandated to provide objective scientific information relevant to understanding human-induced climate change, its natural, political, and economic impacts and risks, and possible response options.
  • The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis is now out.  The report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations.
  • A new scientific report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns we are on a crash course towards catastrophe if global temperatures are allowed to rise. The window to slow or even halt some of these worsening impacts is rapidly closing, and the message is clear: we must take action now.
  • Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. Scientists are also observing changes across the whole of Earth’s climate system; in the atmosphere, in the oceans, ice floes, and on land. Many of these changes are unprecedented, and some of the shifts are in motion now, while some - such as continued sea level rise – are already ‘irreversible’ for centuries to millennia, ahead, the report warns.
  • Australian scientist Joëlle Gergis was one of the lead authors on a landmark climate report by the IPCC. The report has been described as “code red” for humanity, a desperate attempt by the world’s best climate scientists to force political leaders to take action and stop runaway climate change. Today, Joëlle Gergis explains the science behind it, what it tells us about the future of our planet, and how we can all maintain some hope.
  • For the first time, the IPCC has been able to emphatically conclude that human influence is responsible for almost all global warming experienced since pre-industrial times. All model scenarios show a breach of the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree Celsius target in the early 2030s. By Joëlle Gergis.
  • Q. A recently released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that changes to the earth’s climate are “unequivocally the result of human actions”, and increased global temperatures will cause unprecedented changes to the earth’s climate unless drastic action is taken over the next 10 years. To what extent are you concerned about each of the following threats to Australia which the IPCC has listed in the report?
  • Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following government actions?
  • Global survey finds 74% also want climate crises and protecting nature prioritised over jobs and profit
  • Woodside said the proposed merger would create the largest energy company listed on the ASX, with a global top 10 position in the LNG industry by production.
  • We've had a decade of distraction and inaction on climate change, but what made things go so very wrong in Australia? And what can the rest of the world learn from our mistakes – and opportunities?
  • Australia isn't going to act on climate until every tonne truly counts.
  • A newspaper clipping from 1912 that anticipates the global warming potential of burning coal is authentic and consistent with the history of climate science.
  • Former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has declared Australia "out of step" with the world on tackling climate change, as international pressure grows on the federal government to do more to limit global warming.

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