Wed, 13 Feb 2019, 17:00
University of Greenwich, London (UK), University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London, SE10 9LS
Lecture at University of Greenwich, London
Big Picture Seminar series aim to provide students, staff and the local community with an insight into the bigger picture of industries that are of interest.
On Wednesday 13 February we are welcoming Simon Pirani, a historian, author of Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption (Pluto Press, 2018), and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.
His earlier books include The Russian Revolution in Retreat (2008) and Change in Putin’s Russia(2009). He was born and brought up in Greenwich, and now lives in Woolwich.
Coal, oil and gas have been society’s main fuels since the industrial revolution – but of all the fossil fuels ever consumed, more than half were burned in the last fifty years. Consumption has grown even faster since scientists confirmed that fossil fuel use is the main cause of potentially devastating global warming. In 1992 the world’s governments signed the Rio convention that recognised the need to reduce fossil fuel use – but since then it has risen by more than 60%. This seminar will focus on how we got into this situation, and what we can do about it.