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12:30 - 13:45 29 November 2013
'A Case for Climate Engineering'
JZ Young Lecture Theatre |
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
David Keith, Professor, Harvard University, has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for twenty five years. He took first prize in Canada's national physics prize exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was listed as one of TIME magazine's Heroes of the Environment 2009. David divides his time between Harvard University, where he is Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School; and Calgary, where he helps lead Carbon Engineering a company developing technology to capture of CO2 from ambient air.
Oliver Morton, The Economist, is a writer and editor concerned with scientific knowledge, technological change and their effects. He is currently an editor at The Economist. He has also worked as a senior editor at Nature and as the editor of Wired UK, and has contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Times, National Geographic, the American Scholar and many other publications. His book Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World (2002) deals with scientific and other ways of understanding a place that cannot at present be visited.He is currently working on The Deliberate Planet, a book about geoengineering which is informed by his work on Earth systems science, climate and energy issues over the past few years.
David Keith, Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, will give a lecture, with Q&A on his new book 'A Case for Climate Engineering'. 'Hosted by Oliver Morton, The Economist'
Climate engineering - which could slow the pace of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere - has emerged in recent years as an extremely controversial technology. A leading scientist long concerned about climate change, David Keith offers no naíve proposal for an easy fix to what is perhaps the most challenging question of our time. But he argues that after decades during which very little progress has been made in reducing carbon emissions, we must put climate engineering on the table and consider it responsibly. This book provides a clear and accessible overview of the costs and risks, and how climate engineering might fit into a larger program for managing climate change.
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