International climate change scientists will gather in Exeter next week to look at the scientific aspects of the stabilisation of climate change.

The conference, taking place at the Met Office’s Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research from February 1-3, will look to advance scientific understanding of and encourage debate on the long-term implications of climate change.

Key questions to be discussed at the Conference include:

* What are the key impacts, for different regions and sectors, and for the world as a whole, of different levels of climate change?

* What would such levels of climate change impacts imply in terms of greenhouse gas levels and how might emissions be managed to meet such levels?

* What technological options are there to stabilise greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, taking into account costs and uncertainties?

Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “This scientific conference will make a valuable contribution to our G8 Presidency and our wider aim of reinvigorating the climate change debate and stimulating further engagement for future action.

“We hope it will provide new information on the risks of climate change and provide a firmer basis for discussing long-term stabilisation action. However, it is not of course, a policy negotiation.”

“We also look to the conference to review practical ways of achieving emission reduction required to meet different stabilisation goals.”

The conference comes at a mid-way point between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Third Assessment Report, published in 2001 and its fourth report, anticipated in 2007.

The IPCC concluded in 2001, that there “is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.”

Original press release: Stabilisation of Greenhouse Gases Science Conference – Setting the Scene (UK Government News Network)