Well it’s a gorgeous sunny morning here in Brussels, and I’m just off for day three of Green Week.

The conference has been very interesting so far, if a little…well, sobering. I get the distinct impression that the global warming limit of 2°C above pre-industrial levels isn’t going to save our skins, even if we manage to change our CO2 spewing ways and actually fall below that limit.

Perhaps it’s just the sessions I’m going to, perhaps it’s that the conference is largely populated by policy-makers rather than scientists, but there seems to be a lot of talk about ‘what we must do’ but not a great deal on ‘how we must do it’. Carbon capture? A hydrogen economy? New materials? All of the above and more? Perhaps today will shed a little more light on the practicalities of the climate change battle. Surely there’ll be a few scientists around the edges somewhere….

I’ll get back to you the moment I hear something to get all you chemistry enthusiasts excited.

Over and out.

Anna Lewcock

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