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                                                                                                                       The guestsclimate wanted to gather current you ask?
                                                                                                                       movers and shakers in the
                                                                                                                                                 If you
                                                                                                                                                        change field, who would
                                                                                                                                                                                and future

                                                                                                                       We have compiled a potential guestlist



                                                                                                                       DR RICHARD BETTS                                                     Yvo DE BoER
                                                                                                                       Dr Richard Betts leads the climate impacts                           A passionate advocate for climate change, during
                                                                                                                       research team in the Met Office Hadley Centre                        the 200-nation Bali conference to cut carbon
                                                                                                                       and is one of the Met Office’s main spokesmen                        emission, Yvo de Boer broke down in tears
                                                                                                                       on the science of climate change. He has                             while warning delegates that failure to reach an
                                                                                                                       worked as a climate change modeller for 15                           agreement on global warming could ‘plunge
                                                                                                                       years and pioneered a number of key scientific                       the world into conflict’. Executive secretary of
                                                                                                                                                                                            the United Nations Framework Convention on

                                                                                                                       Richard Betts was the official                                       Climate Change (UNFCCC) since August 2006,
                                                                                                                                                                                            he has a key role in promoting sustainable
                                                                                                                       scientific adviser for Live Earth UK                                 development and implementation of the Kyoto
                                                                                                                                                                                            Protocol. The UNFCCC sets an overall framework
                                                                                                                       developments in the climate change field. He                         for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the
                                                                                                                       has published numerous scientific papers, and                        challenge posed by climate change. Before
                                                                                                                       is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel                      joining the UNFCCC, de Boer was director for
                                                                                                                       on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report.                        international affairs for the Netherlands’ Ministry
                                                                                                                       In 2007 he was the official scientific adviser for                   of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment.
                                                                                                                       Live Earth UK, a worldwide musical event organ-                      He has been involved in climate change policies
                                                                                                                       ised to raise awareness of climate change,                           since 1994, including helping to prepare the


             Carbon catalysts
                                                                                                                       where he shared the stage with Madonna and
                                                                                                                       Genesis. Betts was also an award-winning lead
                                                                                                                       author on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                            Pankaj Bhatia is a leading expert
                                                                                                                       – the authors shared the Zayed Environment           on GHG Protocol standards and tools
             If climate change campaigner Al Gore and expert Lord Stern wanted to host a                               Prize with Kofi Annan, former secretary-general
             ‘carbon dinner party’ of leading lights, who would they invite?                                           of the UN.                                                           EU’s position in the lead up to negotiations on
                                                                                                                                                                                            the Kyoto Protocol. De Boer knows the politics




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                                                                                                                       PAnKAj BHATIA                                                        of international climate negotiations inside out.
                   n planning such a fantasy event, the two      or who have the potential to do so. The result        Pankaj Bhatia is the director of the GHG
                   men would be in good company. In May          was a long list of names, but 13 people were          Protocol Initiative workstream within the World                      DR IAn BURTon
                   2009, 20 Nobel laureates and 40 other         nominated numerous times.                             Resources Institute’s Climate, Energy, and Pollu-                    Dr Ian Burton is scientist emeritus with the
                   scientists gathered together in London        One notable feature of the guest list is that         tion Program. He is an expert on GHG Protocol                        Adaptation and Impacts Research Group of
             for a symposium held under Prince Charles’          it contains five individuals linked to the Inter-                                                                          the Meteorological Service of Canada and an
             patronage. Their purpose was to discuss the
             connections between global warming and other
                                                                 governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
                                                                 which was set up by the World Meteorological          Yvo de Boer broke down in tears                                      adjunct professor with the Institute for Environ-
                                                                                                                                                                                            mental Studies at the University of Toronto. A
             urgent environmental, economic and develop-         Organisation and the United Nations Environ-          while warning delegates in Bali                                      lead author of IPCC reports, Burton is a pioneer
             ment challenges facing the world. Attendees         ment Programme in 1988. In fact, many of the                                                                               in climate change adaptation – initiatives to
             included many famous names, including Lord          other individuals involved with the IPCC could        standards and tools, particularly in the area of                     reduce the vulnerability of natural and human
             Stern and long-time environmental campaigner        have been included in the list, reflecting the        corporate GHG accounting and reporting. He                           systems against climate change effects. In 2003
             Jonathon Porritt, as well as numerous scientists    panel’s high-profile role as assessor of the latest   oversees the development of GHG Protocol                             he was the first winner of what is now known
             well-known in their fields but perhaps not in the   scientific, technical and socio-economic litera-      product lifecycle and supply chain inventory                         as the Burtoni Award, given in recognition of
             ‘outside world’.                                    ture related to climate change.                       accounting standards and is responsible for                          outstanding contributions to climate change
             For our imaginary carbon dinner party, we have      The final list was hard to whittle down. In fact,     establishing GHG Protocol programmes in                              adaptation science and policy. He has advised
             named Gore and Stern as the hosts, due to their     Gore (pictured top left) and Lord Stern (bottom       collaboration with businesses and governments                        many Canadian and international organisations.
             prominence in the field. We have sought guests      left) would need to hold multiple dinner parties      in developing countries. He also advises on the
             who are currently influencing and advancing
             global developments to counter climate change
                                                                 if they wanted to meet all the current – and
                                                                 future – movers and shakers in the climate
                                                                                                                       design of emission registries in the US and
                                                                                                                       internationally. He has degrees in process and
                                                                                                                                                                            Ian Burton is an IPCC lead author
             and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,          change field.                                         chemical engineering.                                and a pioneer in climate change adaptation


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             The final list was hard to whittle down.                                                                                  GEoRGE monBIoT
                                                                                                                                       A journalist, columnist for The Guardian, academ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            power, energy, water resources, transport,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            environment, disasters and IT. He has warned
             In fact, Gore and Lord Stern would need to hold multiple dinner parties if                                                ic and environmental and political activist,                         that unless governments act quickly to curb
                                                                                                                                       George Monbiot has written that climate change                       GHG emissions, climate change may lead
             they wanted to meet all the current – and future – movers and shakers in                                                  is the ‘moral question of the 21st century’. He                      to a ‘fortress world’ in which the rich lock
             the climate change field                                                                                                  has called for radical action, including issuing                     themselves away in gated communities while
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the poor fend for themselves.



             KEvIn ConRAD                                                        aesthetics, sustainability, social justice and
                                                                                                                                       George monbiot was shot at,                                          DR RAjEnDRA PACHAURI
                                                                                                                                                                                                            As chair of the IPCC since 2002, economist Dr
             Kevin Conrad is special envoy and ambassador                        the business bottom line for corporations amid        shipwrecked and stung into a coma                                    Rajendra Pachauri is an influential figure in the
             for environment and climate change for Papua                        changing world conditions.                                                                                                 climate change arena. He is also the director-
             New Guinea and executive director for the                                                                                 every citizen with a personal carbon ration. He                      general of the Energy and Resources Institute
             Coalition for Rainforest Nations, an intergovern-                   mICHAEL GILLEnWATER                                   is the author of several books, including Heat:                      in New Delhi, which is devoted to researching
             mental initiative to facilitate environmentally                     Michael Gillenwater has worked on GHG                 How to Stop the Planet Burning. He also has a list                   and promoting sustainable development. In
             sustainable economic growth. He is a leading                        emissions and climate change policy since             of the top 10 people who deny climate change.                        January 2008 he was awarded the second-
                                                                                 1995. He is founder and executive director            In 1995, Nelson Mandela presented him with a                         highest civilian award in India, the Padma

             Kevin Conrad faced down US                                          of the Greenhouse Gas Experts Network
                                                                                 and also co-founder and dean of the Greenhouse
                                                                                                                                       UN Global 500 Award for outstanding environ-
                                                                                                                                       mental achievement. During seven years of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vibhushan, and in December 2007 he accepted


             objections at a Un climate treaty talk                              Gas Management Initiative. Both are non-profit
                                                                                 organisations focused on training a community
                                                                                                                                       worldwide investigations, he has been shot at,
                                                                                                                                       beaten up by police, shipwrecked and stung into
                                                                                                                                                                                            jennifer morgan advised the
             figure behind global efforts to reduce rates                        of experts on the measuring, accounting for           a coma by hornets.                                   German government and former UK Pm
             of deforestation. At the 2007 UN Climate                            and managing of GHG emissions. Gillenwater is
             Change Conference in Bali, Conrad successfully                      actively engaged in the work of the UNFCCC and        jEnnIfER moRGAn                                                      the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC,
             challenged the US to drop its objection to plans                    lead author of several reports published by the       Jennifer Morgan recently joined the World                            along with co-recipient Al Gore. He holds PhDs
             for a post-2012 climate treaty – an achievement                     IPCC. He co-developed the US Greenhouse Gas           Resources Institute as director of its climate                       in both economics and industrial engineering.
             described by Time magazine as ‘a classic David                      Inventory Program within the US Environmental         and energy programme. She moved there from
             versus Goliath moment’. Conrad faced down US                        Protection Agency.                                    E3G where she spent three years as director                          PRofESSoR RoBERT SoCoLoW
             objections at a UN climate treaty talk in 2008                                                                            of its climate change programme. During this                         Robert Socolow is professor of mechanical and
             when he said: ‘I would ask the US, we ask for
                                                                 Paul Dickinson has written a                                                                                                               aerospace engineering at Princeton University
             your leadership. But if for some reason you’re
             not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us.    book called Beautiful Corporations                                    mohan munasinghe warned                                              and is known for his views on the technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                            of climate solutions. His current research
             Please get out of the way.’
                                                                                                                                       that change may lead to a ‘fortress world’                           focuses on global carbon management and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            fossil-carbon sequestration. Socolow is also
             PAUL DICKInSon                                                      DR jAmES HAnSEn                                                                                                            co-director of Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation
             Dickinson aims to build stronger and more                           Head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space          time, she was key adviser to the German govern-                      Initiative, a 15-year research project supported
             sustainable markets that guard against abrupt                       Studies in New York, Hansen is best known for         ment and advised former UK prime minister                            by oil company BP and car maker Ford. Under
             and irreversible climate change. He is CEO of                       his research in the field of climatology, including   Tony Blair on his Breaking the Climate Deadlock                      the CMI, Princeton has launched new research
             the Carbon Disclosure Project, a not-for-profit                     analysis of current climate trends and projections    project. Before joining E3G, Morgan led the                          into environmental science, energy technology
             body formed in 2000 and which now holds the                         of man’s impact on climate. He has also noted         global climate change programme of the World                         and geological engineering. Socolow is co-author
                                                                                 that the effect of GHG emissions on climate is        Wide Fund for Nature, heading its delegation to                      (with ecologist Stephen Pacala) of Stabilization

             michael Gillenwater                                                 determined by accumulated emissions over the
                                                                                 lifetime of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
                                                                                                                                       the Kyoto negotiations. She has also served on
                                                                                                                                       the Climate Action Network board.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Rajendra Pachauri accepted
             co-founded the US GHG Inventory Program                             – by which measure the UK is still the largest
                                                                                 single cause of climate change. No stranger           PRofESSoR moHAn mUnASInGHE                           the nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC
             world’s largest database of climate change                          to controversy, he called for the CEOs of large       Sri Lanka-born academic Professor Mohan
             information. Data is gathered annually from                         fossil fuel companies, including ExxonMobil           Munasinghe is vice chairman of the IPCC                              Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next
             companies on behalf of about 475 institutional                      and Peabody Coal, to be put on trial for crimes       and director-general of the University of                            50 Years with Current Technologies. He has a PhD
             investors with assets under management of                           against humanity, accusing them of spreading          Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Insti-                          in theoretical high-energy physics from Harvard
             US$55 (£30) trillion. Dickinson is also chair of                    doubt about global warming. He has also noted         tute. He is the author of more than 90 books                         University.
             videoconference booking service, Eyenetwork,                        that the effect of GHG emissions is determined        and 300 technical papers on economics,
             and a member of the Environmental Research                          by accumulated transmissions over their lifetime.     sustainable development, climate change,                             Many thanks to individuals at the Carbon
             Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of                                                                                                                                                       Disclosure Project, the UK’s Met Office,
             Actuaries. Dickinson has written a book called
             Beautiful Corporations – free to download on
                                                                 james Hansen called for CEos                                          Robert Socolow has a PhD in                                                          ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            KPMG, the WWF SustainAbility and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Acclimatise for their help in suggesting
             his website – which brings together ideas of        to be put on trial for crimes against humanity                        theoretical high-energy physics from Harvard                         potential fantasy dinner party guests.




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