Dominique Brossard, professor/chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication, will be a discussant at “Searching for answers on a warming planet: Why we may need climate engineering,” a free public lecture hosted by the Nelson Institute on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building.
Artificially whitening clouds. Injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere. Seeding the oceans with iron. These and a range of other climate engineering or “geoengineering” schemes are gaining increasing visibility and credibility as options for tackling climate change. What, though, is to be made of such efforts? Is climate engineering a new form of hucksterism? A dangerous and distracting folly? Or some meaningful part of the toolkit to generate a sustainable future?
Leading the discussion will be Dr. Simon Nicholson, the director of the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service and Assistant Professor of International Relations. His work focuses on global environmental governance, global food politics and the politics of emerging technologies, including climate engineering (or “geoengineering”) technologies. He is co-founder of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a scholarly initiative of the School of International Service.
For more information, visit the event page on the Nelson Institute web site.