Running time: 4:47 A humanities professor makes the case that climate change is the greatest challenge facing our species–and gives examples of how a sympathetic, expansive imagination is key to tackling this problem.
The third video (Science March – Rising Seas) is also from the March for Science and features 4 people attending the march. Each of the people interviewed voiced their concern of climate change and climate denial. These interviews also discuss how to speak to people who deny climate change and ways to bridge the divide […]
Running time: 5:55 Continued climate change raises the possibility of the formation of an ozone hole over the US. With increasing frequency and severity, convective storms in the Midwest enhance transport of water vapor to the stratosphere. There, water participates in a well-studied chemical reaction that depletes the ozone layer.
Running time: 5:05 The intermittent nature of renewable energy sources creates huge operational problems for utilities, but these can be overcome by adjusting pricing policies and encouraging innovation.
The second video (Science March – Climate Change is the Single Most Important Issue) features an interview from the March for Science of Joe Higgins who works as a naturalist at Cleveland MetroParks in Ohio. He talks about what he considers to be the single most important issue facing us as a species today—Climate Change. […]
Running time: 5:20 A 12-year study of public attitudes towards energy sources shows that a consumer model, comparing energy sources by price and potential harm to the environment, is a more effective way to gain support for addressing climate change than directly talking about climate impacts.
Running time: 6:34 Whether a cap-and-trade or a carbon tax, environmental economist Joseph Aldy argues that it’s possible to design a climate change policy that could elicit broad support from citizens as well as the business community.
Running time: 5:09 To extend the accuracy of climate forecasts at a regional and local level, statistical techniques can tease out patterns in historical records that are correlated with significant weather events in the US, such as heat waves. Correlations can then be applied to make better predictions–40 or more days in advance.
The first video (Women’s March Mini) features selected sections from the longer Women’s March documentary (Sustain the Flame) made from more than 30 interviews conducted that day. This mini provides a short monologue on why I felt compelled to gather voices as well as two interviews from that are particularly poignant to issues we continue […]
Harvard Speaks on Climate Change. William C. Clark: “Climate Change and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”
Running time: 5:07 Climate change is perhaps the ultimate, hardest piece of the sustainable development challenge. Among the communities committed to other development goals, the UN’s SDG framework is creating potential allies who can be united to address climate change as well.
Harvard Speaks on Climate Change. Sheila Jasanoff: “Towards a More Inclusive Conversation About Climate Change”
Running time: 5:25 Why has “communicating climate science” failed to bring a consensus on climate change? Jasanoff argues that asking people to consider their common future is a better approach.
Running time: 5:25 Together with another pollutant, black carbon, methane is contributing as much to global warming as CO2. Even though methane levels are currently rising rapidly, we don’t know exactly where it is coming from.
Baraka -1992 – Director and Cinematography – Ron Fricke,Michael Stearns by – Michael Stearns Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, Baraka brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls “a guided mediation on humanity.” It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope that would take […]
Harvard Speaks on Climate Change. Jody Freeman: “How Will the Trump Administration Impact Climate Policy?”
Running time: 5:23 The new administration has promised to unravel most of the Obama initiatives on climate and energy. However, legal challenges and statutory requirements will delay the process as states and the business sector continue to make progress in the transition to cleaner energy.
Running time: 4:22 The impact of melting glaciers on sea levels is not intuitive–in some places sea levels will rise, whereas thousands of miles away, sea levels will fall. Using a gravity-field model, Mitrovica’s team can predict the regional distribution, or “fingerprints,” of sea level rise under different climate scenarios.
Tony Seba’s Clean Disruption Keynote presentation at the Swedbank Nordic Energy Summit in Oslo, Norway, March 17th, 2016. The keynote, based on the book ‘Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation’ assert that four technology categories will disrupt energy and transportation by: 1- Batteries / Energy Storage 2- Electric Vehicles 3- Self-Driving Vehicles 4- Solar Energy […]
Running Time: 5:47 Government policies–such as a price on carbon–can jump-start the move away from fossil fuels. But this is not enough. A Harvard Business School expert who has studied industrial innovation argues that key innovations start in firms with high levels of trust and commitment.
Harvard Speaks on Climate Change: Martin Weitzman: “Fat Tails and Uncertainty in Climate Change Impacts”
Running time: 5:00 The impact on global temperatures of a doubling of pre-industrial CO2 levels is a probability distribution with a “fat tail,” meaning that as the magnitude of climate change impact increases, its probability goes to zero slowly. With a fat tail distribution, the focus should be on additional research on outlier catastrophes, rather […]
Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 20 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books […]
Why are we so deadlocked on climate, and what would it take to overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress? Policy entrepreneur Ted Halstead proposes a transformative solution based on the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. Learn more about how this carbon dividends plan could trigger an international domino effect towards a […]
Harvard Speaks on Climate Change. Elizabeth Wolkovich: “Climate Change and the Phenology of Wine Grapes”
Running time: 5:58 There are many varieties of grapes, finely tuned to geographic regions and climate. As climate change continues, traditional growing regions will have to shift to more heat-tolerant varieties, and at the same time, other varieties will become economically viable in new wine regions.