WEDNESDAY 17th January – Prof Andy Challinor – risks and impact of climate change.
Whatever happens with Brexit, climate change does not respect international borders, and will not leave any of us untouched. For example, food prices are likely to increase as climate change worsens. Will it be possible to breed new crops quickly enough, so that they can withstand the changing conditions and keep yields high enough to feed the global population?
As humanity reacts to climate change, what might be the consequences of prioritising land, water and other resources for agriculture? Will we be able to farm sustainably in the new climatic conditions we are faced with?
Andy Challinor is professor of climate impacts at Leeds University. He uses climate models to understand food production and food security, and researches climate-resilient agriculture. He has been a Lead Author for the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) and for the UK Government in its climate change risk assessment.
Prof Challinor will talk about the impact climate change is likely to have on us, and whether adaptations to farming could lessen that impact. He will also talk about his research, including a project on crop breeding in Colombia.
Cafe Sci Leeds was set up to encourage understanding and debate about topical scientific research and issues in an informal setting. Speakers are invited to present a short talk on an area of science in which they have been involved which is then followed by questions and comments.