What to Expect
Seminar Series Part I
September – November, 2017
Take a deep dive into Earth’s climate system! We’ll tackle such questions as:
- – Where is it found on Earth?
- – How does it move among the land, atmosphere and oceans?
- – How are humans influencing this natural cyclical process?
- Greenhouse Gases:
- – How do greenhouse gases warm the atmosphere and oceans?
- – How do they affect the naturally occurring feedback loops that regulate the climate?
- – What are the impacts of global warming on Earth’s natural environment?
- – To limit these impacts, how fast must we transition away from a fossil fuel-based economy?
- – What are the economic and human costs of climate change?
- – How are these distributed among populations?
- – How can we accurately estimate the social cost of carbon emissions, and why is it important to do so?
- Science & Skepticism:
- – What scientific approaches are taken to learn about the climate system?
- – How do skeptics try to exploit the nature of science to minimize the problem?
- – What are some of the skeptics’ arguments, and how can they be effectively combated?
About the organizer: John Perona is professor of Environmental Biochemistry and Environmental Law at PSU and OHSU, and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. See John Perona.
Seminars are designed for current climate activists. No background is required in science, law or economics, but some of the material may be challenging. All presentations, and supporting material to aid learning and dig deeper, will be made available on www.pdxClimateEd.com (currently in development). You are free to use any slides you find helpful in your own work.
Although there is a logical sequence to the topics, each seminar is designed to stand alone. Missing one or more of the evenings doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t attend others.
Interested in presenting future seminars? Please email email@example.com.
Seminar Series Part II (still in development)
January – February, 2018
Hear about current energy systems and options for transitioning to a renewables-based economy.
- – Are wind and solar power alone enough to replace fossil fuels for making electricity?
- – Must we also consider other options, such as nuclear power and biomass?
- – What options are available to replace fossil fuels for transportation in the new renewable energy economy?
- – What are the prospects for solving global warming by geoengineering, including carbon capture and storage?
- – Is geoengineering technically feasible and what are the risks?
Seminar Series Part III (still in development)
March – May, 2018
Learn more about law and policy solutions, and discuss:
- – How do administrative agencies function as the “fourth branch” of government?
- – Which aspects of global warming are best addressed by a “command and control” regulatory approach?
- – Is there a role for the courts in addressing global warming?
- Price on Carbon:
- – Why is carbon pricing essential to solve global warming?
- – Should we favor cap and trade or direct carbon taxes, and at what levels of government?
- Environmental Justice:
- – How should principles of environmental justice be incorporated into climate policies?
- International Policy:
- – What policy lessons can the United States learn from the international community?