Upcoming Events: Climate One

Fri 2/27

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Cheap Gasoline

Date: Fri, February 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
A conversation about the economics and politics of a world with oil for sale at $40 a barrel.

Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University; Former Special Advisor to President Obama, National Security Council Staff
Bill Reilly, Former Board Member, ConocoPhillips; Senior Advisor, TPG Capital
Kate Gordon, Senior VP and Director, Energy & Climate Program, Next Generation 

The plunge in gasoline prices is expected to boost economic growth this year and put money in the pockets of American drivers. But it also is causing increased sales of gas-guzzlers and undercutting efforts to move away from fossil fuels to reduce the risk of more severe weather.

Gasoline selling for $2 a gallon also reshapes the national energy outlook as well as international petropolitics. The Saudis are inflicting pain on Houston and Moscow.

A conversation about the economics and politics of a world with oil for sale at $40 a barrel.

Tue 3/3

Weather Whiplash

Weather Whiplash

Date: Tue, March 03, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
When global warming becomes global weirding.

Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research

How can we make sense of all the wacky weather around the country? The American West is hot and dry and the East is seeing massive snowstorms and wicked cold temperatures. Scientists say that we should expect dry periods to get drier and wet periods to get wetter. As columnist Thomas Friedman says, global warming is really global weirding.

Scientific understanding of our boiling planet is advancing quickly. However, front-line responders are struggling without the information they need to armor communities prior to a disaster and respond effectively as a disaster strikes. Join us for a conversation about the strange changes to our landscape, and what California is doing to get ready for fires, floods and other climate impacts ahead.

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Clean Cloud

Date: Tue, March 03, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Can Silicon Valley companies be cool and green?

Gary Cook, Senior Policy Analyst, Greenpeace International
Lori Duval, Global Director, Green, eBay
Christina Page, Global Director, Energy and Sustainability Strategy, Yahoo!
Bill Weihl, Sustainability Guru, Facebook

Can Silicon Valley companies be cool and green? They still have a way to go, but several companies are getting cleaner. Two years ago Greenpeace gave Facebook poor grades for its data centers. After its Unfriend Coal campaign the activist group now gives Facebook high marks. And eBay lobbied the governor of Utah to make the state more friendly to data centers running on renewable power. Yahoo, eBay and other companies are also moving ahead in other areas of sustainability.

Join a conversation on what Silicon Valley is doing to ditch fossil fuels and adopt better ways of powering our digital lives.

Climate One Connect
Audience members are invited to join us after the program to celebrate the launch of Climate One's new website created by Carbon Five.

Thu 3/12

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Blowing Bubbles

Date: Thu, March 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Anthony Hobley, CEO, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Kurt Billick, Chief Investment Officer, Bocage Capital

Is there a time bomb lurking in your retirement account? Investors holding a variety of index and mutual funds own a chunk of fossil fuel stocks. England’s central bank recently said that coal, oil and natural gas reserves that determine the future earnings of those companies, and therefore the stock prices, may be overvalued. If that fuel is burned, average temperatures will rise to levels that will create havoc in food supplies and economies. In other words, oil and coal companies are propped up by hydrocarbons that will become unburnable at some point in the future. The prevailing view on Wall Street is that energy companies will diversify and their balance sheets won’t implode if world leaders get serious about limiting carbon pollution. However, a growing number of financial firms are starting to say the idea of a carbon bubble should be taken seriously. Join a conversation about the risks of owning energy stocks in a hot and wobbly world.

Tue 3/24

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Power Ball: T. Boone Pickens

Date: Tue, March 24, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Chairman & CEO, BP Capital

T. Boone Pickens, Chairman & CEO, BP Capital
Greg Dalton, Vice President of Special Projects & Director, Climate One - Moderator

The collapse of oil prices has once again driven the American energy industry from boom to bust. However as U.S companies lay down their rigs T. Boone Pickens thinks supply will contract and prices will head back toward $100 a barrel in the coming year. Other observers say slowing economies in China and Europe could tame oil demand and keep prices around $50 or $60 a barrel.
 
What do low gasoline prices mean for the US economy? What does $2 gasoline mean for renewable fuels and cutting carbon emissions? 
 
Join us for a conversation with a legendary oilman about powering America’s economy,  pursuing energy independence and the new geopolitics of oil.
 

Wed 4/22

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Coal Wars

Date: Wed, April 22, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
With author Richard Martin

Richard Martin, Author, Coal Wars: The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet
Additional Panelists TBA

Coal is taking a beating in the United States, but it is gaining market share in Asia. Coal-fired electricity is lifting people out of poverty. It is also frying the sky. Join us for a journey from the mines of Wyoming to China’s coal region.

Fri 5/8

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Hacking the Climate

Date: Fri, May 08, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
With Ken Caldeira, Atmospheric Scientist

Ken Caldeira, Atmospheric Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford
Additional Panelists TBA

Could the world get so hot that humanity is tempted to break the glass and spray heat-deflecting gases into the sky? The National Academy of Sciences recently issued a report cautiously endorsing research into such techniques known as geo-engineering. Join us for a discussion of hacking the climate to cool the Earth.

Wed 5/27

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Dr Sylvia Earle and David de Rothschild: Two Generations, One Big Ocean

Date: Wed, May 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
An intergenerational conversation between two adventurers.

Sylvia Earle, Ocean Explorer; National Geographic Explorer in Residence; Founder, Mission Blue and SEAlliance
David de Rothschild, National Geographic Explorer; Environmentalist
Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One – Moderator

Dr. Sylvia Earle—fondly dubbed “Her Deepness” by the New York Times—holds the women’s record for the deepest ocean dive and has led more than 100 undersea expeditions, logging more than 7000 hours underwater. Formerly Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Earle has garnered countless international honors and played a leading role as researcher and educator capable of crossing any barrier—whether it be linguistic, geographic, or a seemingly impassible ocean depth. In the same vein, David de Rothschild is an adventurer and activist who utilizes voyages to the world's remote reaches to bring attention to global environmental issues—his recent exploits include a 2010 crossing of the Pacific Ocean in The Plastiki, a catamaran constructed out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles. De Rothschild, who was designated as a Climate Hero and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, has also demonstrated his ability to cut across mediums as the founder of MYOO, an online community dedicated to giving nature a voice. We hope you can join us for an intergenerational conversation between these two adventurers devoted to saving the oceans.