Prof. Mario J. Molina, 1995 Chemistry Nobel Prize, presenting at LE STUDIUM conference Climate, Air Quality and Health

The LE STUDIUM conference on "Climate, Air Quality and Health” held in Orléans on Friday 28 June 2019 focused on long-term objectives and short-term actions that can benefit everyone.

Among the ten international invited experts, LE STUDIUM was extremely proud to welcome the Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry Prof. Mario J. Molina for his work on the ozone layer, Sir Andy Haines, Prof. of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Prof. Markus Amann, Director of the Air Quality and Green house Gases programme at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Dr Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, Director and Research Leader of the Stockholm Environment Institute of York, Dr Kathy Law, CNRS Research Director at LATMOS/IPSL and co-chair of the international Global Atmospheric Chemistry, Helena Molin Valdes, Head of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition at the UN Environment office, Prof. J. Lelieveld, Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Department of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Dr Catherine Léal-Liousse, CNRS Research Director at the Aerology Laboratory of Toulouse, etc…

The event co-organised with the Institute of Combustion Aeorthermal Reactivity and Environment (ICARE) CNRS-University of Orleans, Dr Wahid Mellouki and Prof. A. Ravishankara, gathered a large group of scientists and civil society participants and shed light on scientific observations related to climate change and led space for local solutions at the local level.

Interaction between science and user community is essential. Goals can be set nationally and internationally but actions are taken at local levels and by citizens. An optimistic message was delivered: yes, emergency is a reality but it’s not too late to act towards achievement of the Paris agreements and measures can be taken that won’t dramatically affect citizen’s way of leaving.

Change is on its way but needs to be firmly tackled.