The Climate Fix: A Pragmatic Future for Climate Change
A lecture by Roger Pielke, Jr., University of Colorado, BoulderThe world's response to climate change is deeply flawed. The conventional wisdom on how to deal with climate change has failed and it's time to change course. To date, climate policies have been guided by targets and timetables for emissions reduction derived from various academic exercises. Such methods are both oblivious to and in violation of on-the-ground political and technological realities that serve as practical 'boundary conditions' for effective policy making. Until climate policies are designed with respect for these boundary conditions, failure is certain. Using nothing more than arithmetic and logical explanation, Dr. Pielke offers a comprehensive exploration of the problem and suggests a more practical resolution, including investment to create a more carbon-efficient economy and cost-efficient carbon-capture technologies.Roger Pielke, Jr. is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where his research focuses on the intersection of science and technology with decision-making. He is a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (http://cires.colorado.edu/ ), where he served as the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research from 2001-2007, and a senior fellow of the Breakthrough Institute. Before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado, he was a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Pielke is also the author or editor of several books, including The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell You About Global Warming (2010) (http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/publications/special/climate_fix/index... ) and The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics (2007) (http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/publications/special/honest_broker/ind... ).