Seminar Series

Seminar Series (a listing of seminars hosted about once a month).

2020 Mar 02

Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model

11:45am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Building B-500

John Deutch on Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model

Co-Sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs  and Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program.

Join us to hear from John Deutch, Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT's Department of Chemistry, and former U.S. Director of Central Intelligence (1995-1996). Professor Deutch will discuss "Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model...

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2019 Nov 06

Seminar: Katharine Ricke

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard University Center for the Environment, 26 Oxford Street, Room 440

"A solar geoengineering and global income inequality paradox"

Exploring heterogeneity in the economic impacts of solar geoengineering is a fundamental step towards understanding the risk tradeoff associated with a geoengineering option. To evaluate the impacts of solar geoengineering and greenhouse gas-driven climate change on equal terms, we apply macroeconomic impact models that have been widely applied to climate change impacts assessment. Consistent reduction in inter-country inequality can inform discussions of the distribution of impacts of solar geoengineering, a topic...

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2019 Sep 30

Geoengineering in the Next 15 Years—Gaps, Needs, and Opportunities for Research

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Harvard University Center for the Environment, 26 Oxford Street, Room 429

The event will start off with a brief introduction to the Geoengineering Modeling Research Consortium (GMRC), and then launch into a panel discussion which will address the bigger picture of solar geoengineering research, including both technical and political risks associated...

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2019 Nov 20

Seminar: Jesse Reynolds

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

"Linking Solar Geoengineering and Emissions Abatement Policies: Strategically Resolving an International Climate Policy Dilemma"

Solar geoengineering may be able to significantly reduce climate-change risks, but raises sharp controversy. The leading cause of controversy is the concern that its research, development, or use might inappropriately displace efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. A possible response would be to strategically link the international policies of abatement and solar geoengineering. I expand on this idea, including by disaggregating states based on...

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2019 Oct 16

Seminar: Ulrike Lohmann

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard University Center for the Environment, 26 Oxford Street, Room 440

"Cirrus seeding: Understanding the complicated little sister of stratospheric geoengineering"

Climate engineering is a potential means to offset the climate warming caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gases. The most prominent and best researched climate engineering approach to alter Earth’s radiation balance is the injection of atmospheric aerosol particles or their precursor gases into the stratosphere, where these particles reflect solar radiation back to space. Climate engineering through cirrus cloud thinning, in contrast,...

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2019 Sep 17

Humor & Geoengineering

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard University Center for the Environment, 26 Oxford Street, Room 429

"Humor & Geoengineering"

Humor, like geoengineering, is about the clash between what is and what could be. In this unconventional, interactive session, researcher-turned-humanitarian Pablo Suarez and illustrious cartoonist Bob Mankoff will engage participants in exploring how the power of intelligent humor can be harnessed to support learning and dialogue about difficult issues. Focusing on climate risks and the prospects of geoengineering, we will share an experience of how humor works, how it can be used and misused, and what it can do to enable fruitful discussions...

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2019 Feb 07

Is International Law Ready for Marine Geoengineering?

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

The EPS Faculty Lounge (Hoffman Lab 409), 20 Oxford St

On February 7th, Kerryn Brent and Jeff McGee from the University of Tasmania will give a talk titled, “Is International Law Ready for Marine Geoengineering?” followed by a Q&A and discussion. 

Summary: The world’s oceans are a key site for site CDR and SRM proposals. There is a large body of international law that governs human activities in the world’s oceans.  We find the capacity of these rules to govern marine geoengineering is limited in three ways. First, states have different rights and obligations concerning marine geoengineering depending on whether it...

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2019 Apr 03

Discussion with Mike Hulme, Mark Lawrence, and Forrest Clingerman

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Harvard University Center for the Environment, 26 Oxford Street, Room 429

Forrest Clingerman, Ohio Northern University, will moderate a discussion with Mike Hulme, University of Cambridge, and Mark Lawrence, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam 
Lunch provided
RSVP: acchang [at] seas.harvard.edu

2019 Spring Seminar Schedule

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2019 May 01

Seminar: Ken Caldeira

11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Harvard University Center for the Environment, 26 Oxford Street, Room 429

"Fast and slow climate system responses to solar geoengineering"

Factors that affect the radiative forcing of climate rapidly alter the atmosphere before substantial change in ocean temperatures occur (fast climate response). Later, the climate system responds to changes in ocean temperature (slow climate response). Numerical simulations indicate that the fast climate response can differ markedly across radiative forcing agents but their slow responses are similar. Solar geoengineering largely 'works' because solar geoengineering is good at offsetting the slow climate response...

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2017 Nov 02

What's New on the Science and Policy of Solar Geoengineering

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 440, Harvard University Center for the Environment, 26 Oxford St. Cambridge, MA

David Keith

Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

The first Solar Geoengineering Research Seminar, co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Belfer Center’s Science Technology and Public Policy program. Lunch provided. Formal seminars are interspersed with more informal weekly reading group meetings at the same time and place to deepen members’ understanding of solar...

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