EPC Forum – Into the Great Wide Open? Discussion of Climate Change Engineering

October 17, 2013 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Johns Hopkins Washington, DC Center, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, #204, Washington, DC 20036
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EPC Forum - Into the Great Wide Open?

Panel featuring Lee Lane, Michael MacCracken and Simon Nicholson

Lee Lane is Visiting Scholar at Hudson Institute.
Michael MacCracken is Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs at the Climate Institute, Washington, DC.
Simon Nicholson is the Assistant Professor of International Relations, School of International Service at American University.

About the Roundtable

Up until recently, climate change geoengineering, defined by the UK’s Royal Society as “the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change,” was viewed as outside the mainstream, or as Professor David Victor has put it less charitably, “a freak show in otherwise serious discussions of climate science and policy.” However, the feckless response of the global community to climate change ensures that temperatures are likely to rise to levels during this century that could have potentially catastrophic implications for human institutions and ecosystems. This had led to increasingly serious consideration of the potential role of geoengineering as a potential means to avert a “climate emergency,” such as rapid melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, or as a stopgap measure to buy time for effective emissions mitigation responses. This roundtable will examine the ethical, legal and political issues associated with climate change geoengineering research and development and potential deployment.


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