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Climate Change: Implications for National and Global Energy Policies

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)
Location
Zoom
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
Tony Mancuso
E-Mail
tmancuso@illinois.edu
Views
74
Originating Calendar
Campus General Request Event

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 longtime climate advocate. Their greatest failure was adoption of renewable portfolio standards — rather than clean energy portfolio standards — and exclusion of nuclear power as a clean development mechanism. Science and engineering can still help minimize the consequences of climate change, he says, 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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