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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 - 13:00 to 17:00
Event location: 
Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site

Methane (CH4) has the second largest radiative forcing after carbon dioxide. The concentration of CH4 has increased by a factor of 2.5 since pre-industrial times, from 722ppb in 1750 to 1803 ppb in 2011. There is very high confidence that the atmospheric CH4 increase during the Industrial Era is caused by anthropogenic activities [IPCC, AR5 ].

Come join us for an exciting and diverse range of talks around methane from wetland emissions to economics and policy.


13.00 - 13:40 Andrew Tanentzap (Plant Sciences, Cambridge)
Why lakes get gassy and why it matters

13.40 - 14:20 Euan Nisbet (Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway)
Rising methane – wetlands? cows? hydroxyl? fossil fuels? or all of these? – is the warming feeding the warming?

14:20 - 15:00 Michelle Cain (Oxford Martin School and Environmental Change Institute, Oxford)
Methane’s role in the Paris Agreement and why it’s so often misunderstood

15:00 - 15:30 coffee break (Archaeology Common Room)

15:00 - 16:10 Eleanor Burke (Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, MetOffice)
Modelling the northern high latitudes carbon cycle feedbacks in a changing climate

16.10 - 16.50 pm Paul Balcombe (Chemical Engineering, Imperial)
Characterising and reducing methane and CO2 emissions from natural gas supply chains. 5.00 to 6.00 pm Nibbles, Archaeology common room.


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Alison Ming
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