Climate Change


Developing an International Framework for Geoengineering

Speaker: M. Granger Morgan
Speaker: John Steinbruner
Presider: Ruth Bell

As the international community continues to work toward emissions reductions, some climate scientists are turning to the concept of geoengineering—the deliberate manipulation of the Earth’s climate—to offset the effects of climate change. The concept, however, raises scientific, political, and ethical questions. Join M. Granger Morgan and John D. Steinbruner to discuss the development of an international framework for geoengineering and the implications of these technologies for U.S. foreign policy.



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The United States and the Future of Global Governance: Tackling Climate Change

Speaker: Paula Dobriansky
Speaker: Michael Levi
Speaker: William Antholis
Moderator: Jessica Mathews

What will be the most effective forums for international cooperation in regulating the global commons, and what leadership role should the United States play on these issues? What are the prospects for a climate change agreement at Copenhagen in 2009, and what role should the United States play? What are the prospects for "mini-lateral" cooperation-especially between the United States, European Union, China, and India-among major emitter countries?

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Can Coal be Clean? The Promise of Climate Change Technology

Speaker: Ernest Moniz
Speaker: Rick Boucher
Presider: Michael Levi

As the largest generator of electricity in the United States, China, and India and a leading source of carbon emissions, coal will play an important role in energy and climate change policy from local to global levels. New technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration have been touted as cure-alls for the environmental ills of carbon-emitting coal plants. But these technologies like many others may face significant technical and economic hurdles. Join Dr. Moniz, cochair of the recent MIT report “The Future of Coal,” and Representative Boucher to discuss the pivotal role of coal in the global energy and climate change debate.

See more in Global; Climate Change; Coal