UQ scientist among ‘world’s most influential’ in climate policy

University of Queensland researcher Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg has been named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy for 2019. 

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg leads the Global Change Institute at the University, and is also Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, which investigates how global warming and ocean acidification are affecting coral reefs. 

The list, published by website Apolitical, lauds politicians, civil servants, academics and activists from around the world who have raised awareness of and demanded change to climate policy. It also features Sir David Attenborough and 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said he was humbled to be included and would continue to use his influence to pressure government and industry to address the issue: "We need to make sure science is listened to if we are going to get the policy right.  We are starting to see a change in government response to climate change, and there’s no longer any excuse to say the science is contentious." 

The list was decided by nominations from public servants, experts at Harvard and Oxford, Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Climate Action Network.

Apolitical is a peer-to-peer learning platform for governments used by public servants and policymakers in more than 160 countries. Executive chairman Lisa Witter said the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was urgent: "By showcasing these climate policy leaders, we hope to encourage more collaboration and exchange to accelerate the effective response to the global climate threat."

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