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Climate Change & Society
Come listen to researchers presenting their project and ask them your questions! 
Replay available:
Wednesday 9th September 2020
  • session 1: 6PM-7.30PM
  • session 2: 8PM - 9PM

Hot summer day

An introduction to global emission, energy, and land-use pathways consistent with below 2°C of global warming in 2100 relative to pre-industrial times. 


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Jan Sandstad Næss,

PhD candidate, NTNU


Willem van der Bilt

Postdoc, UiB

How to record climate extremes by not turning liquid on a hot summer day

To help us understand how fast the Arctic may warm and lose its ice I analyse molecular fossils retrieved from the bottom of lakes. Here, climate data is stored in the properties of mud layers that accumulate year after year and form archives of past change that often cover thousands of years. Pollen are a well-known example, providing information about vegetation shifts. I opt for a new and strange approach that relies on fats from fossil algae.

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Richard Strimbeck

Ass. Prof. , NTNU

Surviving Cold in a Warming World: Frost Tolerance and Dormancy in Woody Plants

Trees and shrubs in middle latitudes rely on environmental signals to “decide” when to enter and exit cold-season dormancy and flower or produce cones. How will trees in European forests be affected by global warming? We will take a look at some of what we know about how the annual is controlled by temperature and day length cues and how it is changing, with a peek at a possible future.


Irmelin Gram-Hanssen

PhD candidate, UiO

Why you matter for solving climate change

Climate change is a problem of society and therefore presents us with the need to not only adapt but to altogether transform. But how? Here, I present research on what enables transformations in an Indigenous community in Alaska, by looking at the role of leadership. I argue that individuals matter, but not in the way that we have come to understand in the Western world. Rather than individuals (only) mattering through consumption and voting, individuals come to matter due to our inherent connection to others, to places and to the world. I end with some encouragements for how YOU matter.


Tomas Moe Skjølsvold

Prof. , NTNU

Transitioning to a climate friendly society: Key challenges and opportunities

Scientists often claim that technical solutions to the climate challenge are readily available, and that the only thing stopping us from implementing them is political will and public acceptance. Building on key insights from social scientific studies on climate and sustainability transitions, this talk will discuss why meeting climate and sustainability goals have been so difficult, and propose the need for radically new approaches in research and innovation in order to find sustainable ways of living in times of climate crisis.


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