Grist blogger David Roberts on the “Politics and Policy of Climate Change”

David Roberts is one of the nation’s leading environmental authors, and a staff writer for Grist. He spoke on the Politics and Policy of Climate Change as part of the Spring 2012 Sustainability Speaker Series.

In his first powerpoint ever, Roberts presents 12 points of basic information on climate change are simultaneously hilarious and heart rending. His scientifically accurate yet culturally accessible exploration of the science and politics around anthropogenic climate change is a must-watch.

Roberts tells the audience that as a mere blogger he can speak openly when scientists won’t tread for fear of being labeled alarmist or self-serving. His frank overview of current climate change science, in conjunction with the political atmosphere regarding mitigation, leaves the viewer with little doubt that “2°C is in the rearview mirror” in terms of an end to global temperature rise. Yet little climate modeling has been done for warming beyond that 2°C – possibly because scientists couldn’t believe humans would continue emitting green house gases after the science was conclusive? Roberts explores the sociological phenomena shaping America’s attitude towards climate change with conviction and humor.

– Recorded Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

Energy and Security in East Asia After Fukushima

Peter Hayes, Executive Director of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, talks about the implications of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for the rest of East Asia. He also addresses security linkages such as early warning, rapid response, spent fuel relocation, and the role of civil society networks. The lecture took place at the Monterey Institute of International Studies on September 21, 2011. Continue reading

Sustainability Speaker Series: The History and Structure of the Global Climate Impasse (and Some Speculations About the Future)

Tom Athanasiou, Founder and Executive Director of EcoEquity and author of Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming, speaks as part of the Fall 2011 Sustainability Speaker Series. Hear the complete talk below.

– Recorded Wednesday October 19, 2011

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Sustainability Speaker Series: Bio-fuels: Market Promise, Governance Challenge

Kevin Fingerman is a Ph.D. Candidate at UC Berkeley in the Energy & Resources Group, and the Vice-Chair and Steering Board Member at Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels.  Hear clips from Fingerman’s presentation on biofuels and life-cycle assessments (LCAs) below, or listen to the entire talk.

– Recorded Wednesday October 5th, 2011

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