Dr. David Keith on Geo-Engineering Solutions to Climate Change

Topic: Geo-Engineering, Climate Catastrophes, and Climate Hyperbole

Institution: University of Calgary

Bio: Professor Keith is the  Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment at the University of Calgary. He has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology and public policy for twenty years. His work in technology and policy assessment has centered on the capture and storage of CO2, the technology and implications of global climate engineering, the economics and climatic impacts of large‐scale wind power and the prospects for hydrogen fuel. As a technologist, David has built a high‐accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA’s ER‐2 and developed new methods for reservoir engineering increase the safety of stored CO2. He now leads a team of engineers developing technology to capture of CO2 from ambient air at an industrial scale.

Episode Summary:

Professor David Keith of the University of Calgary talks about the pros and cons of Geoengineering solutions to Climate Change, the economics of climate change catastrophes, and the pervasiveness of climate hyperbole in the current discourse, among other related topics.

Links:

Professor Keith’s TED talk on Geo-engineering Solutions:

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_keith_s_surprising_ideas_on_climate_change.html

Tol (2005), “The Economic Effects of Climate Change”:

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/aea/jep/2009/00000023/00000002/art00003

Professor Keith’s Top Three:

1. Jan Smeele

2. E.O. Wilson

3. Lester Lave

Copyright Information:

Intro/Outtro music: Edgar Meyer, Bella Fleck, Mike Marshal, “Sliding Down” in Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology

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