Upcoming Events: Climate One

Tue 12/15

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Dr. Chris Field: The Stephen Schneider Award

Date: Tue, December 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Chris Field, Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science
Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies, Oregon State University

The award is underwritten by Tom R. Burns, Nora Machado, and Michael Haas.

The Paris climate deal will come at the end of what is expected to be the hottest year ever recorded. Rising temperatures and the drumbeat of scientific studies are convincing many Americans that climate disruption is affecting their lives now and is no longer just a potential problem in the future.

This conversation with two eminent scientists will discuss whether the Paris deal will protect our economy and lifestyles. We also will talk about the link between fossil fuels and the California drought, the algal bloom that killed crab season, and what cities and states are doing to build a cleaner economy.

After the radio program, Climate One will present Dr. Field with the Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. The $15,000 award is given annually to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. The award was established in honor of Stephen Schneider, one of the founding fathers of climatology, who died in 2010. Dr. Schneider was a Stanford professor and the first member of the Climate One Advisory Council.

Thu 1/28

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Remaking the Planet

Date: Thu, January 28, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Oliver Morton, Briefings Editor, The Economist

Increasing droughts, floods and other severe climate-driven events are raising questions about building a planetary panic button. One possible solution is hacking the sky and oceans on a scale unprecedented in human history. Options for geoengineering include a stratospheric veil against the sun, the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton, and fleets of unmanned ships seeding the clouds. That sounds like science fiction, but a small group of scientists and technologists are advocating for funding and testing such far-fetched scenarios in case people can’t kick their addiction to fossil fuels in time to stabilize the climate that supports our economy and lifestyles.

Oliver Morton’s new book, The Planet Remade, explores the promise and peril of tinkering in technologies with profound moral and political implications.

Join us for a conversation about the technological, moral and governance concerns rising from geoengineering and what it means to our relationship to nature.

Tue 2/9

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Climate Equity

Date: Tue, February 09, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Manuel Pastor, Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, University of Southern California; justgrowth.org
Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Environmental Network

Will a green economy be more equitable than the brown economy? As California transitions to renewable energy, the result will be green jobs, cleaner communities and lower carbon emissions. But will underserved communities get shafted? The environmental justice community has been concerned that the state’s cap-and-trade program puts Brazilian rainforests over communities near refineries and factories. Will Sausalito and Vallejo get the same protection from rising seas and other impacts of a destabilized climate?

A conversation about increasing equity while reducing carbon pollution.

Thu 2/18

Image - Cigarettes & Tailpipes: Tales of Two Industries

Cigarettes & Tailpipes: Tales of Two Industries

Date: Thu, February 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Do these legal longshots have a chance?

6:30–7 p.m.
Lowell Bergman, Investigative Journalist
Stanton Glantz, Director, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, UCSF

Oil companies have long used a page from tobacco companies' playbook by vigorously denying evidence that using their product as directed causes societal harm. Now the tobacco and oil narratives are getting closer following news reports that ExxonMobil executives for decades suppressed internal reports about the negative impacts of burning fossil fuels.

A former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer who won a huge racketeering case against tobacco companies says the federal government should investigate whether oil companies colluded to bury evidence of human-caused climate disruption.

A conversation on how oil companies might be going the way of cigarette companies with Stanton Glantz, a warrior in the tobacco wars, and famed investigative journalist Lowell Bergman, who was the inspiration for Al Pacino’s hard-charging character in the Hollywood film The Insider.

7–7:30 p.m.
Panelists TBA

Some spunky teenagers are suing some of the most powerful people in the U.S. government. They claim President Obama and other officials are not upholding their constitutional authority to protect a stable climate for future generations. It’s a longshot, but supporters say it’s worth a try, citing critical and improbable court victories in previous social movements protecting civil rights, marriage equality, and women’s suffrage.

A conversation on a legal hail mary.