Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11
3rd Basel Sustainability Forum
Average global surface temperatures have dramatically risen since the industrial revolution. Colloquially
referred to as global warming or climate change, most scientists and policy makers are united in recognizing
this to have many adverse local and global economic, social, and environmental consequences. These range
from the threat of extinction of bumble bees and butterflies to famines, civil wars, mass migration, and the
need to prepare and respond to increasing climate hazards. Most expert dissent occurs when discussing
which regions are effected in what way, who is accountable, what can be done, and how much time we have
to mitigate the effects of climate change.
This conference presents the current status of research and policy on climate change in Switzerland and
beyond, and it will address some controversial topics, such as the pricing and consumption of fossil
fuels affecting pathways towards decarbonization, the right of developing economies to follow their
own development path, the competition between economic interests and their social or environmental
consequences, and a certain competition between a global climate change agenda and the Agenda 2030
for Sustainable Development.
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