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EARTH MONTH: Solar Engineering: An Overview of Risks and Benefits with David Keith
April 21, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Free and open to the public – RSVPs Required
Join David Keith, author of A Case for Climate Engineering, in conversation with UCLA Law Professor Ted Parson about the costs and risks of solar geoengineering and how geoengineering efforts might fit into a larger program for managing climate change.
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 argues that the potential benefits to the world’s most vulnerable constitute a moral imperative to put climate engineering on the table and consider it responsibly.
David is a Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he leads a fast-growing team of researchers working at the intersection of climate science and technology with a focus on the science and public policy of solar geoengineering. He has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology and public policy for twenty 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 in 2009. David also serves as the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard Paulson School. He divides his time between Boston and Calgary, where he serves as President of Carbon Engineering, a start-up company developing industrial-scale technologies for capture of CO2 from ambient air.
Sponsored by the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law.