The Department of Atmospheric Sciences in the College of the Environment is pleased to invite you to the upcoming lecture: Engineering the Climate: Now or Never? featuring Professor Steve Rayner, Oxford University and Professor David Keith, Harvard University.
About the Lecture:
Geoengineering is a radical and controversial proposed solution to the problem of human-induced climate change involving the intersection of science, engineering, environmental ethics, governance, policy, and law. The College of the Environment is at the forefront of discussions on geoengineering. Professors Rayner and Keith will examine the feasibility of proposed geoengineering schemes, explain the need for more research, and discuss some of the critical aspects of how this research should be governed. They will examine geoengineering not only as engineering, but will explore the complex sociopolitical implications of potential geoengineering activities that humankind will face in critically weighing up its advantages and disadvantages.
About the Speakers:
Steve Rayner has served on various US, UK, and international bodies addressing science, technology and the environment, including Britain’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Royal Society’s Working Group on Climate Geoengineering. Until 2008 he also directed the national Science in Society Research Programme of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was included in the 2008 Smart List by Wired Magazine as “one of the 15 people the next US President should listen to.
David Keith 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 2009. David’s academic appointments are at Harvard where he serves as the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. David 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.