University Park, Pa. — The change in the U.S. administration with the 2008 Presidential election is expected to bring about a transformation in public policy to address climate change. Yet, while climate policy is expected to become a high priority, significant challenges will remain in crafting a path forward.
A spring speaker series at Penn State's University Park campus, "Climate Policy: Addressing Cross-Disciplinary Challenges and Solutions," focuses on the challenges of designing and implementing climate change policy at local, state, national and international levels.
The series begins on Monday, Feb. 9 with Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank professor of geosciences and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. Oppenheimer is a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, serving most recently as a lead author of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report. He will speak on "The scientific challenges of climate change," from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 118 of the Dickinson School of Law's Lewis Katz Building at University Park.
Jae Edmonds from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Joint Global Change Research Institute will discuss "The technological challenges of addressing climate change," at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in 118 Lewis Katz Building.
John Reilly from MIT's Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change will talk about "The economic challenges of addressing climate change," at noon on March 26 in 118 Lewis Katz Building.
Naomi Oreskes from UC San Diego will present "Is consensus the goal of science (and should it be)?" on Tuesday, April 7 at noon in Foster Auditorium (Room 101) of Pattee Library.
Jon Krosnick from Stanford University will speak about "What Americans really think about climate change," at 7 p.m. on April 22 in 100 Life Sciences Building.
All talks are free and open to the public.
The series is organized and supported by the Climate Risk Management Initiative, Dickinson School of Law, the Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI), Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), Rock Ethics Institute, Office of the Physical Plant, and Environmental Credit Corporation. Additional support for selected talks is provided by the Earth System Science Center, Communication Arts and Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Social Science Research Institute.