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Wednesday, 9 October 2013, 15:00 - 16:30

Contested Remedies: Geo-Engineering Proposals and Climate Change

Jim Falk
Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne
Affiliate, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
Visiting Professor, United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies
Emeritus Professor, University of Wollongong


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Venue: Meeting Room 1, UNU-IAS
Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama



Event Description

Event language: English

There is an ever more striking gap between what we, as a species, need to achieve to avoid a wide spectrum of destructive impacts of climate change, and the effectiveness of the governance measures that we have put in place in order to avoid such impacts. Reflecting an increasingly urgent understanding of this gap, there have been a wide range of proposals about what should now be done. Amongst those is an emerging literature concerning the possibility of instituting technical measures at planetary scale to reduce the impacts of increasing anthropogenic atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. These measures are often collectively referred to as "geoengineering" (or more recently "climate engineering"). The literature is growing very rapidly and at an accelerating rate. The possibilities are already being canvassed at the level of major government and commercial agencies. There are a large number of research projects underway, there have been relevant patents taken out, and momentum is building for test deployments. A great deal is at stake. This seminar will outline some of these developments and a range of technical, political, ethical, economic and policy issues that they raise for science, government, market organizations and civil society.


Programme

15:00 - 15:05 Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil (Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU)
15:05 - 15:50 Contested Remedies: Geo-Engineering Proposals and Climate Change
Jim Falk (Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne; Affiliate, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute; Visiting Professor, United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies; Emeritus Professor, University of Wollongong)
15:50 - 16:30 Discussion

Video and Audio Podcasts

Contested Remedies: Geo-Engineering Proposals and Climate Change
Jim Falk (Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne; Affiliate, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute; Visiting Professor, United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies; Emeritus Professor, University of Wollongong)
[Archived Video-49 minutes];[Archived Audio-49 minutes]

Discussion
[Archived Video-29 minutes];[Archived Audio-29 minutes]


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Speaker's Biography

Professor Jim Falk is an Honourary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne School of Land and Environment, and an Affiliate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong and Visiting Professor at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama, Japan. His previous roles include Director of Climate Change Research for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities World Initiative (AWI) and Co-Director of its Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies (CMAS) project. He also served as Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Falk’s PhD is in theoretical physics, but over the last 25 years he has specialized in the study of the nature, impact and management of science and technology in their social contexts. His research has focussed particularly on issues associated with globalization, technological change and the environment, nuclear technology, arms races and militarization, and information and communication technology in their social settings. His most recent research has focussed on the evolution of governance, and policy issues associated with climate change. His most recent book (with Joseph Camilleri) is Worlds in Transition: Evolving Governance Across a Stressed Planet (UK: Edward Elgar) 2009. Other recent publications are listed at http://metastudies.net.
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