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The Peril and Promise of Solar Geoengineering

October 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

David Keith
Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Solar geoengineering research aims to reduce the impacts of global climate change. One possibility is to put aerosols into the stratosphere to alter Earth’s energy budget. This emerging technology entails risks and uncertainties, along with serious challenges to global governance. The greatest threat, perhaps, is that it will be used as a technical fix and encourage people to avoid the emissions cuts that are fundamental to curbing long-term climate risks. David Keith will describe the simple physics underlying the climate’s response to stratospheric aerosols, the risks, and the trade-offs among solar geoengineering, carbon removal, and emissions reductions.

Details

Date:
October 30, 2019
Time:
6:00 pm
Cost:
Free and open to the public.
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Website:
https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/peril-and-promise-solar-geoengineering

Organizer

Harvard Museum of Natural History
Phone:
(617) 495-3045
Email:
hmnh@hmsc.harvard.edu
Website:
https://hmnh.harvard.edu/

Venue

Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Phone:
617-496-1027