Watch videos of the four plenary sessions from the conference.
The Big Picture: Global Population Growth, Energy Demands, Energy Sources & Climate Change
Global energy demand continues to grow, as do investments in carbon intensive energy sources. We must reconcile the need to power our global economy yet minigate impending climate catastrophe. A hard-hitting talk tackling head-on the fundamental economic questions of our times: Can fossil fuels remain at the head of the energy table? If not, how do we keep our global industrial economy humming - is clean energy up to the job? What's the future role of the energy incumbents?.
The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
Last September, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Fifth Assessment Report titled Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. One of the major conclusions of the report, prepared by more than 800 contributing authors from 32 countries, is that human influence on the climate is clear and it is evident in most regions of the globe. Thomas Stocker shares the results of this report.
Municipal Sustainability - Call to Action to Address the Climate and Energy Challenges Facing Cities
Mayor Iveson highlights Edmonton's environmental sustainability achievements of the past and present, explaining how they have prepared for even greater challenges that lie ahead involving climate change and energy. As well, he explains why Edmonton needs to strive for great energy efficiency and uptake of renewable energy, and the next steps in this transition.
Future Tense: 2050 is just around the corner, so it's time to get real
Clive Mather looks at alternative futures for a world where population growth and urbanization are already testing the planet's natural resources. What are the implications for carbon emissions, climate change and international conflict? Who will be the winners and losers? If we are to take control of our future and mitigate the effects of climate change, which approaches and policy instruments are most likely to succeed? Are methodical, incremental improvements the way forward, or commitment to game-changing solutions? Or some currently elusive combination of the two? Where should we look for commercial opportunities, and above all, what are the challenges for leadership - public and personal?