Law and Policy

Pathways to Deep Carbonization. Matt Hoffman

University of Toronto Professor Hoffmann describes ongoing collaborative research and answers audience questions regarding attempts to conceptualize how climate governance experiments are working towards decarbonization. Hoffmann contends that politics and political dynamics are the lynchpin for conceptualizing how to disrupt carbon “lock-in” and foster pathways to decarbonization. Further, carbon lock-in is not a single system that needs disruption. On the contrary, the carbon ‘system’ that we experience is the result of multiple, interlocking systems that exist at multiple levels.

Preparing Farmers for a Changing Climate

In a presentation filmed October 29, 2013 at Yale, William Hohenstein, a forestry graduate of Duke University, discusses his role as Chairman of the USDA’s Global Change Task Force which includes representatives of thirteen USDA agencies and offices. Mr. Hohenstein serves on United States delegations to international negotiations on climate change. He has also has been a United States representative to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

"Nature's Trust", a talk with the author, Professor Mary Wood

With evidence mounting that climate change is severe, pervasive and perhaps irreversible, why is society not responding as if it were preparing for war?  Professor Mary Wood says it’s because we assume that environmental law will protect us. But unlike many other facets of society that are innovating in anticipation of a changed climate they accept is on the way, the law is not. 

Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. A talk with the author, Todd Wilkenson

Todd Wilkinson’s most recent book, Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, is a diligently detailed, keenly interpreted, portrait of a smart, prescient, independent man driven to doing lasting good in the world on as large a scale as possible. Wilkinson is an environmental journalist and author of the critically-acclaimed book, Science Under Siege: The Politicians War On Nature and Truth.

What Happens in the Arctic Doesn't Stay in the Arctic. Fran Ulmer

Fran Ulmer reminds people that “Antarctica has penguins.  The Arctic has people.”  Ms. Ulmer was a University of Alaska Chancellor and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska from 1994-2002.  She talks about the effects of climate change in Alaska where average seasonal temperatures have already increased by 4 degrees in summer and 7 degrees in winter.  Her talk is wonderful for anyone who forgets how very different the situation is at the Earth’s poles: Antarctica is uninhabited land surrounded by an ocean, whereas the Arctic is an ocean surrounded by 8 nations.

New York City's Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resilience: Strengths and Limitations of Climate Model-Based Approaches. Radley Horton

Radley Horton, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University Earth Institute, shares his experience and perspective on key decisions made while working with the City of New York to mobilize scientists for a rapid assessment of the damage in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. He also discusses another project involving the loss of Arctic sea ice and its potential for effecting mid-lattitude climate.

Peak Water Solutions in a Changing Climate. Peter Gleick

Dr. Peter Gleick is a MacArthur award-winning visionary on water and climate issues. He co-founded and leads the Pacific Institute in Oakland, an  innovative, independent non-governmental organizations in the fields of water and economic and environmental justice and sustainability.  Dr. Gleick talks about the intersection between climate change and water resources and all of its societal repercussions.

Climate Refugees and the Challenge of Statehood: Defining the Problem, Identifying Solutions. Maxine Burkett

Professor Burkett, Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), discusses possible new government structures and considerations needed to deal with a projected 250,000,000 refugees from island nations and coastal cities in the 21st century as a result of rising sea levels.


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