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"The best way to predict the future is to shape it": Schellnhuber at the World Climate Summit COP 18

The opening film of the COP 18 world climate summit in Doha, Qatar, featured many things, but just one scientific institution - the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Here's the part featuring our institute, including an interview with PIK's director Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber, on climate science and climate policy. "The best way to predict the future," he says, "is to shape it."

 

Weblink to the complete opening film COP 18

Schellnhuber was also asked to give the keynote at the state dinner, in presence of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, UNFCCC-chief Christiana Figueres, and Qatar's head of state the Emir H. H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, accompanied by his wife H. H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. This event marked the beginning of the high-level segment of the negotiations. He talked about "the three convenient untruths" of the public debate on climate change - and about "the laws of nature". After his much applauded speech he was frequently asked where it could be read. Therefore, it is put online here.

Weblink to Schellnhubers speech

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