Upcoming Events: Climate One
AquatechDate: Tue, March 11, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Steve Hartmeier, CEO, mOasis
Tamin Pechet, CEO, Banyan Water; Chairman, Imagine H2O
Peter Yolles, CEO, WaterSmart
Can technology help ease California’s drought crisis? Water stress hitting California and other states is prompting venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to see opportunity in an underpriced commodity that is sold in fragmented and heavily regulated markets. There are big information gaps about where our water goes and when, and our state's parched rivers and depleted reservoirs are causing people to pay more attention to usage. The agricultural sector is bracing for a drought on par with the epic one in 1977. Will that drive more investment into water innovation? What lessons can be learned from recent efforts to get electricity suppliers to offer consumers more information about usage patterns? Join this conversation about water technology in the era of weird weather.
Climate One Connect
Audience members are invited to engage in breakout group conversations led by the speakers for 20 minutes following the program. We hope you’ll take part in this unique opportunity to delve deeper into solutions for sustainable living!
The Fracking BoomDate: Tue, April 01, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Russell Gold, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Author, The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World
Trevor Houser, Partner, Rhodium Group; Co-author, Fueling Up: The Economic Implications of America’s Oil and Gas Boom
Fracking for oil and natural gas is transforming the way the United States powers its economy. A flood of low-priced natural gas has undercut new nuclear plants and nudged utilities to pull the plug on old ones. Cheap gas has also stolen market share from coal and has also hit renewable sources of power, such as wind and solar. Now the fracking bonanza is spreading to China and beyond. With the U.S. poised to become the world’s largest petroleum producer in a few years, the world’s new energy equation could undermine OPEC and profoundly alter the geopolitical balance of power.
Russell Gold’s new book The Boom illustrates Texas oilmen and Oklahoma wildcatters who developed and perfected hydraulic fracturing technology that ushered in a new era of American industry. Trevor Houser’s new book Fueling Up examines the economics of fracking. Join us for a conversation about the most powerful force in today’s energy economy.
Nuclear Power: Meltdown or Revival?Date: Thu, April 03, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
The future of nuclear after Fukushima
Ecological IntelligenceDate: Thu, May 01, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Daniel Goleman, Author, Ecological Intelligence
Joshua Freedman, COO, Six Seconds; Author, Inside Change
Additional speakers TBA
Though ecological awareness is on the rise, environmental depredation continues at alarming rates. While many people cognitively understand that behavior has to change to save the planet, that knowledge isn’t often enough to trigger change. People hear about “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” but they still buy bottled water and throw away plastic bags. The disconnect is rooted in understanding the human brain – and the way our brains actually process danger.
On the one hand, the long-term, slow threats that are destroying the planet don’t activate the human threat-response system. On the other, ringing alarm bells push people into short-term, survival-oriented, self-protective reactions.
Could the neuroscience of change and the role of emotion be the missing links to reducing carbon pollution? Can feelings bring people into action?