Climate change is politics. That was the conclusion of Lord Ron Oxburgh when he delivered the Institute’s Thomson Lecture, ‘Climate – where science and politics meet’, at the Royal Society recently. He explained that climate change is the politics of applying scientific innovation to developing options for energy, the politics of big business and government in developing frameworks to encourage environmentally friendly technologies and the politics of international relationships in helping emerging countries to embrace clean non-polluting technologies. The lecture was followed by a lively discussion on energy security and saving the planet.
Lord Oxburgh was also presented with the Thomson Gold Medal, awarded quinquenially for contribution to measurement science resulting in fundamental improvements in the understanding of the nature of the physical world.
A former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence, Rector of Imperial College and Chairman of Shell UK, Lord Oxburgh sits on the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.Photo caption: Lord Oxburgh (left) receiving the Thomson Gold Medal from InstMC President Bill Bardo (right).