Biography

Katherine Richardson is professor of biological oceanography and vice dean of the science faculty at the University of Copenhagen. She chaired the Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy, which presented a road map in 2010 for how Denmark can become independent of fossil fuels by 2050. She is lead author of the book Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions (2011). She was vice president of the European Science Foundation from 2001 to 2008 and is a principle investigator at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate

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In 1987 the Brundtland Commission released a report that would define the next 25 years of progress toward a sustainable future. Breaking with earlier conventions that saw development exclusively in terms of economic growth, the report urged policymakers to include social and environmental impacts in their considerations. The UN Brundtland …

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The Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy reported in 2010 that Denmark could be independent of fossil fuels by 2050 with a concomitant greenhouse gas emission reduction on the order of 80 percent compared to 1990 emissions. The commission defined independence from fossil fuels as no use of fossil fuels for energy in Denmark. Import […]

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