Join us live on our Euronews YouTube channel on Friday 23rd April at 17.00 CET for a live discussion with leading scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurship experts as we ask what Europe is doing to tackle climate change? The event is hosted by Euronews science correspondent and Climate Now series presenter Jeremy Wilks.
This Euronews YouTube debate comes in the same week that world leaders came together to discuss new greenhouse gas reduction targets, and Copernicus released its landmark annual European State of the Climate report, highlighting just how bad the latest indicators of climate change really are.
The report shows how 2020 was Europe’s warmest year on record, and comes at the end of the warmest decade on record. Copernicus reported that the winter of 2020 in Europe was more than 3.4 °C above average, and greenhouse gas concentrations continue to climb.
So, what is the true state of the climate on the continent and what is being done to tackle the alarming issues? What are the big challenges ahead, such as sea-level rise, heat waves, drought, wildfires and extreme weather? Is the EU taking the right action to slash emissions, stimulate green business and slow the effects of global warming?
Please feel free to put your questions to the panel and join the debate using our social media channels.
Meet the expert guests:
Bas Eickhout MEP
The Dutch politician is an MEP for the GroenLinks (GreenLeft) party and a fraction leader in the European Parliament for the European Greens. He is a fierce opponent to the reliance on fossil fuels.
Dr Carlo Buontempo, Director, Copernicus Climate Change Service.
Carlo heads Europe’s climate change information service, the leading source of data on the true state of our planet to inform policy and business decisions. Copernicus also offers tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Tim McPhie, European Commission
Tim is the spokesperson for Climate Action and Energy at European Commission, the institution responsible for the European Green Deal which has set Europe on the path to climate neutrality by 2050.
Dr Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, EIT Climate-KIC.
Kirsten heads the EIT’s Climate KIC, or Knowledge and Innovation Community, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and climate-resilient society. She advocates for deep systemic innovation, as well as technological change to cut CO2 emissions drastically.
Professor Sonia Seneviratne, Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zürich
Sonia is an IPCC co-author and expert in climate extremes, working at one of Europe’s most prestigious universities. She investigates the processes leading to droughts and heatwaves, and how changes in land use impact regional climate.