Climate and Energy

Track D - Climate and Energy


D1: Particulate emissions from road vehicles: formation, reduction and effects on human health
Presentation
Presenters: Jonas Sjöblom and Peter Molnár (Miljömedicin, GU)
Time: 10.00-11.00
Room: Ascom, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

The technology for a clean environment is in place and if the government decides, a sustainable transport system (using internal combustion engines) is possible.
Emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) is a serious threat to human health and causes millions of premature deaths every year. Internal combustion engines have historically contributed significantly to these emissions. Even though modern legislation has reduced the PM emissions, they are not zero. In order to stay relevant, the internal combustion engine needs to reach zero level, at least in urban areas. In this seminar we will present how PM is formed during combustion and how it is reduced in a catalyst. We will also present the fate of PM in the human body and discuss the associated health issues. Welcome to this seminar and bring your questions.


D2: Tools to Act on Climate
Workshop
Organiser: David Andersson
Time: 11.15-12.15
Room: Ledningsrummet, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

We will present and demonstrate various ways to activate people's climate action. David Andersson has developed tools, games and best practices from the Card game Klimatkoll, the climate calculator Svalna (www.svalna.se) and the scenario tool Klimatvision. Participants will get to test the tools and discuss how we can engage and inspire ways of spreading knowledge about climate issues and our own role to play.
Please visit svalna.se and create your own account with your Chalmers e-mail address. During the seminar we will be able to compare results (anonymously) with colleagues and students at Chalmers.
David Andersson took his PhD at Chalmers in 2016 with a doctoral thesis on the climate impact of households. He is now post-doc at the Department of Psychology at University of Gothenburg and part of the research program Mistra sustainable consumption – from niche to mainstream.


D3: The circular economy, health and wellbeing
Presentation
Speakers: Anna Furberg, Björn Sandén, Magdalena Svanström and Maria Ljunggren Söderman
Time: 12.45-13.45
Room: Runan, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

The relations between society’s materials use and resource depletion, environmental effects and health impacts are complex. When striving for a circular economy there are opportunities to gain multiple benefits but also risks that we may have to deal with tricky trade-offs. This session provides some examples from a world of tires and studs, food and phosphorous and scarce metals in electronics.


D4: Air pollution and health- the scientific basis
Workshop
Speakers: Erik Thomson (GAC coordinator) , Donal Murtagh  (Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Chalmers),  Ravi Kant Pathak  (Kemi ooch molekylärbiogi, GU), Peter Molnár (Miljömedicin, GU)
Time: 14.00-15.00
Room: Ascom, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

We will describe the current knowledge on air pollution, how it is created and affects human health. This includes describing scientific tools for measuring and modelling air pollution and the scientific understanding on how it affects the human health. The workshop is organised by GAC (Gothenburg air and climate network) which belongs to GMV, and which includes 200 scientist in Gothenburg from Chalmers, GU, IVL, city of Gothenburg others. The speakers will describe new satellite instruments and what can be learned from these on a global level. We will also talk about the pollution in China and elsewhere and how the Asian brown cloud affects the well-being of human beings. We will also describe how well the relationship between health and air pollutants is understood.


D5: Climate change denial: challenges for sustainable development
Presentation
Organiser: Martin Hultman
Time: 14.00-15.00
Room: Runan, Chalmers conference centre, Johanneberg

For over thirty years the scientific knowledge of global climate change has been on the political and public agenda. Still, we are today further from dealing with the root causes than ever before and emissions from burning fossil fuels and other sources of greenhouse gases rise, at the same time as extractive industries and far-right wing political parties merge in climate change denial. What are the reasons for our inaction and what needs to be done? In this lecture we will learn about the historical causes for inaction as well as four contemporary forms of climate change denial; Organised, Party Political: Response and Everyday denial. Global climate change will be discussed as an existential challenge, met by new necessary initiatives from Chalmers setting up a Centre for Studies of Climate Change Denial (CEFORCED).

Published: Sun 16 Sep 2018. Modified: Mon 22 Oct 2018