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This is not about just incre­men­tal change. This is about doing things dif­ferently, about whole sys­tem change, and some­times it’s about doing less things. And this applies to all of us, what­ever sphere of influ­ence we have.” 

Climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin connects her academic research to the broader policy context, helping create policies to deal with our changing planet.

Imagine the hottest day you’ve ever experienced. Now imagine it’s six, 10 or 12 degrees hotter. According to climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin, that’s the type of future in store for us if we don’t significantly cut our greenhouse gas emissions now. She suggests that it’s time we do things differently—a whole system change, in fact—and seriously consider trading economic growth for climate stability.

About Alice

Through her work on international transport, energy systems and carbon budgets, Alice Bows-Larkin has helped shape policies throughout the world, including the UK’s Climate Change Act. After studying physics and climate modeling, she joined the interdisciplinary Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester. She’s currently working on a large project analyzing the future of shipping as climate shifts, and is exploring how to upscale innovation at the intersection of water, food and energy.


Alice Bows-Larkin is a Professor in Climate Science & Energy Policy as part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and based within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Alice trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Leeds, did her PhD in climate modeling at Imperial College, then worked in science communication. She returned to academia in 2003 joining the interdisciplinary Tyndall Centre to research conflicts between climate change and aviation. In 2008 she was appointed as a lecturer to direct projects on international transport and food supply scenarios within a climate change context. Alice is now Director of Tyndall Manchester, heads up the food@manchester cross University research area and is the lead Manchester investigator on a large consortium project funded by the EPSRC entitled ‘Shipping in Changing Climates’. She has also recently been awarded a large EPSRC consortium project on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus.

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Original Source: This talk was presented at an official TED Global London conference, and can be found at this link.

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