Upcoming Events: Climate One

Mon 1/12

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Oil Ahead

Date: Mon, January 12, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Discussing the impact of plunging oil prices.

Angus Gillespie, VP for CO2, Shell Oil Company
Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
Lou Allstadt, Former Executive Vice President, Mobil Oil; Member, Citizens Climate Lobby

What impact will plunging oil prices have on California’s efforts to cut carbon pollution? One result will be to ease the sting drivers will feel at the pump when gasoline is included in the state’s cap-and-trade program starting January 1. The oil industry and regulators have been sparring over how big an effect that will have on gas prices.

Bigger questions loom. How long will oil reign as the king of transportation fuels? What does Shell Oil think about the move among foundations and universities to divest from fossil fuels? Will electric cars and other innovations transform the way Californians get around town? Do they present a threat to Big Oil’s business model? Join a conversation about the future of oil and powering America’s future.

Wed 1/14

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Dr. Rajendra Pachauri: Political Science

Date: Wed, January 14, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Conversation with the chief of the international climate scientists.  

Rajendra Pachauri, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Other panelists TBA

The scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels is disrupting the Earth’s biological and economic systems has become even stronger since Rajendra Pachauri accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 on behalf of international scientists. Significant progress has been made since then in clean energy technologies, especially solar power, which is galloping along in Germany, the United States and elsewhere. But political progress has been halting, with Australia and other countries lurching forward and backward.

What does the latest climate science tell us about the present-day risks of continuing business as usual? With climate skeptics running the United States Senate, what are the prospects for an international climate deal in Paris next year? The new national political landscape makes California even more important as a climate leader. Can California drive technological and financial innovation that makes a difference?

Join us for a rare conversation with the chief of the international climate scientists.  

Thu 1/15

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This event is Rescheduled

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

Date: Thu, January 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
This program is rescheduled to January 21, 2015

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., 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 7,000 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.

Wed 1/21

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

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

Date: Wed, January 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
This program is rescheduled from January 15, 2015

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., 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 7,000 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.

Thu 1/29

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Down and Dirty

Date: Thu, January 29, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Can cow dung save humanity?

Diana Donlon, Director, Cool Foods Program, Center for Food Safety
Nicolette Hahn Niman, Author, Defending Beef
Whendee Silver, Professor of Ecology, UC Berkeley

Can cow dung save humanity? Many people concerned about climate disruption have shunned dairy and red meat because of the methane gas emitted by both ends of cows.

But some ranchers and researchers are saying rotational cattle grazing patterns and composting on grasslands can increase soil fertility, retain water and store carbon. Cows, they say, should get a fresh look and dirt should get more respect as a potent tool in the fight to reduce carbon pollution. Restoring soil is a hot topic right now in food and farming circles.

Should Californians reconsider the image of cows as climate killers? Could the golden state maintain its pastoral landscape and also pull carbon pollution out of the air? Or is this a slick move by ranchers to position a problem as a solution? Join us for a conversation about ranching, healthy diets and a whole lot more.