The scientific basis for carbon reduction targets

Please note: The oral evidence session on Wednesday 26 November at 2.30pm, as outlined below, has been moved to the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House. This is to enable the meeting to be webcast and accommodate more public seating.

This is a one-off evidence session to examine how the latest science on climate change relates to UK and international targets to reduce greenhouse gases.

Wednesday 26 November, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House


  • Dr James Hansen (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
  • Tim Helweg-Larsen (Director, Public Interest Research Centre)


  • Professor John Beddington (Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office of Science)
  • Professor Robert Watson (Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra)

The Committee normally meets in a committee room at Westminster. These sessions are open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There are occasionally last minute changes of room and meetings may be held either in the Palace of Westminster or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend should check the venue by calling the committee office information line the day before the hearing on 020 7219 2033.


1. Membership:

Chairman: Mr Tim Yeo, MP

Mr Gregory Barker MP Mr Nick Hurd MP Mr Graham Stuart MP

Mr Martin Caton MP Mr Mark Lazarowicz MP Jo Swinson MP

Mr Colin Challen MP Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger MP Dr Desmond Turner MP

Mr David Chaytor MP Shahid Malik MP Joan Walley MP

Martin Horwood MP Mrs Linda Riordan MP Phil Woolas MP*

* The Minister for the Environment has ex-officio membership of the Committee in like manner to the Financial Secretary's membership of the Committee of Public Accounts

2. More information on the Committee's reports can be found on the Committee website at: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environmental_audit_committee.cfm

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