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The climate future we choose

Thursday, 24. October 2019

Media information No. 191/2019

Interactions between climate change and carbon cycle – climate researcher Corinne Le Quéré to hold Queen’s Lecture at TU Berlin on 11 November 2019

Lupe [1]

“This year will be remembered as the year the world woke up to the climate crisis – and it’s about time!” says Corinne Le Quéré. “Climate change is unfolding as predicted by scientists repeatedly and consistently over the past thirty years at least.” The climate scientist and oceanographer from the University of East Anglia will hold the traditional Queen’s Lecture at TU Berlin. In her public lecture she will explain how emissions of carbon dioxide from human activities have caused the planet to warm and have set in motion a train of changes in the natural carbon cycle – and, what we can do to choose a better future.

“We are now at the point where anyone who is roughly 30 years old can see the changes that have occurred during their life thus far with their own eyes,” says Corinne Le Quéré, professor of climate research at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and former director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. “And the impacts look a lot scarier in reality than on paper.” In this year’s Queen's Lecture, she will speak about the impact the carbon cycle has on climate change and vice versa and what role man-made CO2 emissions play.


Queen’s Lecture 2019

“The interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle and the future we choose”
Prof. Dr. Corinne Le Quéré, FRS, University of East Anglia
11. November 2019, at 17:00
TU Berlin, Main Building, Audimax, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin
The lecture will be held in English.
Admission is free of charge.

Please reference this event in your media. Registration: www.tu-berlin.de/?209108 [2]

Informal press conference with Corinne Le Quéré and Dabo Guan

Corinne Le Quéré
Lupe [3]

The Science and Innovation Network of the British Embassy hosts an informal press conference about climate change, carbon cycle and sustainable growth with Professor Corinne Le Quéré and Professor Dabo Guan, University of East Anglia.

Time and location: 11.11.2019, at 9:30, British Embassy Wilhelmstraße 70, 10117 Berlin
Registration for journalists: Anika.Stegeman2@foc.gov.uk [4]

“Every year, the land and ocean natural carbon reservoirs, the so-called carbon sinks, absorb on average 55 percent of the CO2 emissions we release into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and other activities,” explains Corinne Le Quéré. “Carbon sinks may curb the rate of climate change, but they themselves respond to a changing climate, by leaving more CO2 in the atmosphere.” In her research, she has intensively investigated the rapidly changing carbon cycle responsible for the acceleration of global warming. Forest fires caused by heat waves destroy trees, one form of carbon sink, while oceans release more CO2 into the atmosphere due to rising temperatures. Professor Le Quéré recommends implementing a planetary monitoring system, for example using satellites, to keep an eye on the carbon cycle. Such a system would not only monitor but also promote a profound understanding of such effects. In her lecture she will detail the growing momentum of global political leadership emerging to tackle climate change and the evolving relationship between scientists and society over the past decades.  She will conclude her lecture with reflections on ways to bring about the future we choose.

About Corinne Le Quéré
Corinne Le Quéré FRS, is Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and former Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, an international climate research center located in Great Britain. She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. Her research has shown that climate change and fluctuation affect the capacity of the Earth's natural carbon reservoirs to absorb carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities.  Corinne Le Quéré was co-author of three climate reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For 13 years she led the annual update of the Global Carbon Budget, a project in which scientists from around the world collect and update data and make it available for international climate agreements. 

Originally from Canada, Le Quéré studied physics and atmospheric and oceanic sciences. She completed a Ph.D. in oceanography in Paris and has conducted research at Princeton University in the United States, at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, and at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, England.

Professor Le Quéré is Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). In 2019 she was awarded the “Queen’s Birthday Honour” for her services in the field of climate change research and named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

The Queen’s Lecture

The event is organized with the support of the British Embassy in Berlin and the British Council, Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s international organization for cultural relations. The lecture is part of the Berlin Science Week, during which more than 20,000 scientists from around the world attend and participate in over 130 events on topics such as digitalization, climate change, medicine, art, science, and more. Berlin Science Week will take place from 1 to 10 November 2019.




For further information, please contact:

Patricia Pätzold-Algner
Office of Communication, Events and Alumni
TU Berlin
Phone: 030/314-79773
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