Climate Change is seen by many as the existential challenge of our generation, but there are many facets to the impacts and challenges posed.

This session will hear from three leading academics active in the area of Climate Change who are all originally from Tralee, Dr Áine Ryall, Dr Paul Deane and Dr. Rowan Fealy, their talks will be  followed by a panel Q&A session.

Memories of the Future’Dr Paul Deane will examine how the past can help us understand our future energy choices.

Paul  is a research fellow specializing in Energy at the Environmental Research Institute’s MaREI Centre in UCC, a member of a number of multidisciplinary think-tanks and scientific advisor to European energy projects. He is an active contributor to European policy thinking on clean energy.

In ‘Climate Action and the Law’ Dr Áine Ryall considers the role of law, including climate litigation, in delivering more ambitious and urgent climate action.

Áine teaches and researches environmental law and European Union law at University College Cork. She is a qualified barrister and Co-Director of the Centre for Law and the Environment at UCC.

Dr. Rowan Fealy will talk about the how climate has changed in the past, how we understand these changes and what this information might mean for informing how we cope with future challenges.

Rowan is a Research-Lecturer at Maynooth University and has published widely on all aspects of climate and climate change, with particular emphasis on Ireland. He has participated in reporting to the UN, under the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and acted as an expert reviewer to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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