World leaders and chief executives from industry and business are gathered in Glasgow this last week for the COP26 Climate Summit. Here, critical policy decisions are being hammered out that will impact all of us regarding future fossil fuel emissions and time-frames for neutralizing carbon-based economies.
Norway and UiT who are leading these practices have been well represented in science by Alun Hubbard, Professor of Glaciology from the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE) at the Institute for Geosciences, UiT, who has been invited to COP26’s inner “blue zone” to engage with politicians, industry leaders and policy decision-makers, and to present his research on the state of the Arctic.
Prof Hubbard gave three keynote talks and multiple interviews on glacier and ice sheet melt driving rapid global sea-level rise, how Arctic sea-ice loss is fueling extreme weather events, and the ticking time-bomb of future Arctic methane release in a warming world.
These presentations were live-streamed, televised and his research was further showcased in a documentary “A Seat at the Table” which features key young influencers and Sir David Attenborough – who gave the emotive opening speech at the climate summit. In episode 9 and 10 of “A Seat at the Table”, Prof Hubbard’s Greenland research is highlighted, as well as his personal journey by sailboat from Greenland to Glasgow to deliver ice meltwater and young influencers to the COP26 summit.
A BBC radio interview with Professor Alun Hubbard (19:35-28:05)