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Global Climate Change: Implications for National and Global Energy Policies

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)
Location
Zoom
Virtual
wifi event
Date
May 5, 2021   12:00 - 1:30 pm  
Speaker
James Hansen, Director of Columbia University’s Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions Program
Cost
Free
Registration
Zoom link (Password: 591223)
Contact
Julie Wurth
E-Mail
jwurth@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
iSEE Sustainability Calendar

While the public is coming to grips with the reality of human-caused climate change, the scientific and engineering communities failed miserably to shape energy policies that could have minimized climate impacts, says energy expert James Hansen, a climate advocate credited with raising widespread awareness of climate change in the 1980s during testimony to Congress. The greatest failure was adoption of renewable portfolio standards — rather than clean energy portfolio standards — and exclusion of nuclear power as a clean development mechanism, he says. Science and engineering can still help minimize the consequences of climate change, but it will require promptly overcoming political obstacles to effective policies. Hansen will provide an overview and offer suggestions moving forward. 

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