Dr Jen Roberts, Lecturer - Chancellor’s Fellow in Energy, University of Strathclyde
Every year in early May, tens of thousands of geoscientists descend on Vienna for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. Not this year. In March, EGU took the laudable decision to move the conference online, rebranding it EGU: Sharing Geoscience Online 2020 and delivering a programme of activities to foster scientific communication during the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has written to the UK and Scottish governments urging climate policy that delivers “resilient recovery” from the coronavirus crisis while avoiding a “lock-in” of greenhouse gas emissions.
We are now in an evolving situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic. While we deal with immediate concerns – looking after each other and attempting to contain the virus - the threats posed by global warming still require action, so our work on CCS continues.
SCCS welcomes today’s announcement that the UK Government is to invest “at least £800 million to establish two or more carbon capture and storage (CCS) clusters by 2030”. All of our work is with this one goal in mind: the realisation of CCS at commercial scale as part of a global transition to net zero carbon.
This year’s Edinburgh Science Festival sees an innovative approach to visualising our carbon footprint, including a walk across the city and the chance to help build an artwork.