Washington Speaker Series: Overview
You are cordially invited to the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Speaker Series, an event sponsored by the College of Engineering that brings together business, government and research leaders.
|Topic:||The Science & Uncertainty of Engineering the Climate: The Need for a Strategic Research and Governance Plan|
|Moderator:||Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering|
|Date:||Thursday, May 24, 2012
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington D.C.
|Time:||Reception 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Old Dining Room
Panel Discussion 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Crentz Dining Room
|RSVP:||Tuesday, May 22, 2011, 5:00 p.m. EST
|Dress Code:||Jackets and ties required for gentlemen, similar attire for ladies (no jeans, turtle neck shirts, athletic wear, or tennis shoes).
The Science & Uncertainty of Engineering the Climate: The Need for a Strategic Research and Governance Plan
Scientists have proposed technologies that could be used to modify the climate of the entire planet rapidly and at low costs. Because these technologies, called solar radiation management (SRM), would be imperfect, and present a variety of known and unknown risks, let's hope the world never has to use them.
However, because national and international efforts to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses have so far been ineffectual, growing numbers of scientists and policy analysts argue that the time has come to learn more about whether and how SRM might work, what risks it may pose, and what it might cost.
The panel will: explore the status and potential consequences of engineering the climate through SRM; assess the need for a national research program; and ask whether a governance plan is needed now, and if so, what is should entail.
About the Washington Speaker Series
The Carnegie Mellon University Washington Speaker Series is a non-partisan forum designed to facilitate meaningful exchange among business, government and research leaders through an exploration of issues residing at the intersection of policy, technology and innovation. The Series is organized by the College of Engineering, recognized as one of the Top 10 engineering schools by U.S. News and World Report.
The College of Engineering is internationally recognized as a leader in education and research. Industry and academia value the school's graduates for their in-depth technical knowledge and innovative spirit. The faculty, all experts in their fields, continually push the boundaries of engineering research. Housed within the college are more than 19 major research centers that enable interdisciplinary research and allow the college to tackle the complex technical problems facing society. By collaborating with industry and government entities, the college makes important technological breakthroughs and transfers them to society.
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