Science is often criticised for failing to deliver either the certainty or the speed that policymakers need. But when it comes to climate change, the tables are turned: here it is scientists who have been calling for urgent action for half a century, while politicians hesitate. Can the conflicting paradigms of science and politics be reconciled in time to save the planet?
Professor Andrea Hinwood is the chief scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme. Before taking up her post at the UN, she provided strategic advice to the Australian government on a wide variety of environmental matters, including ozone-depleting substances, air quality, fire and smoke management, biodiversity impacts and emerging contaminants.
Professor Virginia Murray is a public health doctor who has been Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction for the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) since April 2014. She has had considerable experience in advising on population-level responses to acute and chronic chemical and extreme event incidents. She is currently the chair of the UNDRR/ISC Hazard Classification and Review Technical Working Group, which published its report in 2020, and the UNDRR-ISC Hazard Information Profiles: Supplement in 2021.
Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is the director of the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy at the Central European University in Hungary. She is also vice-chair of Working Group III at the IPCC, focusing on climate change mitigation. She has been a coordinating lead author for two past IPCC reports, as well as a member of the United Nations’ scientific expert group on climate change and of the SAPEA working group on a sustainable energy system in 2021.
Agnieszka Ason is an independent energy lawyer and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where she has published high-impact research on energy contracts. Agnieszka has extensive experience (as counsel and expert) in international energy disputes. She is an Honorary Lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London and frequently guest lectures in energy law and international dispute resolution, most recently at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the London School of Economics.