Ireland's Chief Scientific Adviser visits JRC
Ireland's Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Patrick Cunningham, made an extensive tour of over ten laboratories during a three-day visit to the JRC's Ispra site before chairing the African Session of the remote sensing conference in Stresa (Italy). During a guest lecture to staff he outlined his vision of the greatest challenges facing the planet today.
Making the link between population, energy, food and climate, the crux of Professor Cunningham's argument was that: "Population growth in poor countries, combined with urbanisation and changing diets, is testing food production systems to new limits. Food production in turn is increasingly energy dependent, and in competition with energy for transport and power. Increasing fossil energy use (largely coal and gas) in its turn is inexorably changing the climate with net negative impact on food production capacity".