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Daniel Schrag on Climate, Energy, and Innovation

  • 10/18/2013 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Common Hour

Daniel Schrag on Climate, Energy, and Innovation

Common Hour with Dr. Daniel Schrag - Keynote for President's Science Symposium

Daniel P. Schrag will discuss "Climate, Energy and Innovation."

The increase in atmospheric CO2 due to burning coal, oil and natural gas represents an unprecedented experiment on the Planet Earth. Geologic records support the view that future climate change will have a profound impact both on human society and on natural ecosystems. A daunting challenge is the timescale of climate change. More than half of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels will remain for hundreds of years, and roughly 20% will be there for tens of thousands of years. In this context, a variety of strategies will be discussed for meeting the world's energy needs, preserving economic prosperity and security, while protecting human and natural systems from climate impacts. In addition, we will explore what strategies might be required if the impacts of climate change are larger than we expect.

Daniel Schrag is the Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University. He currently serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. Among various honors, he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. Schrag received a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of California at Berkeley.