Climate One at The Commonwealth ClubAuthor: Climate One at The Commonwealth Club
14 Dec 2018

Climate One at The Commonwealth Club

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Greg Dalton is changing the conversation on energy, economy and the environment by offering candid discussion from climate scientists, policymakers, activists, and concerned citizens. By gathering inspiring, credible, and compelling information, he provides an essential resource to change-makers looking to make a difference.

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    Fire and Water: A Year of Climate Conversations

    From fires and floods to hurricanes and hot temperatures, 2018 put climate on the front page in ways it hadn’t been before. Yet amidst the disruption, clean energy prices continued to fall, climate-conscious technologies continued to progress, and people living on the front lines of climate change found ways to adapt and thrive. Join us for a look back on some of our most memorable conversations of 2018.

    Guests (in order of appearance):
    Lizzie Johnson
    Scott Stephens
    Francis Suarez
    Steve Benjamin
    Sylvester Turner
    Solomon Hsiang
    Katherine Mach
    Arlie Hochschild
    Eliza Griswold
    Debbie Dooley
    Christine Pelosi
    Christiana Figueres
    Roy Scranton
    Davida Herzl
    Gabriel Kra
    Lydia Dervisheva
    Mike Selden
    Patrick Brown
    Sanjay Dastoor
    Megan Rose Dickey

  • Posted on 08 Dec 2018

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    A Four-Zero Climate Solution

    Stabilizing our climate is going to take some hard truths – and hard numbers. “If you look at 1.5 degrees, it's about 13 years,” says Stanford’s Arun Majumdar. “If you look at 2 degrees, it’s 20 years. And after that, it’s zero.” We can fight back with the power of zero: a zero-carbon grid, zero-emission vehicles, zero-net energy buildings and zero-waste manufacturing. Whether through massive technological breakthroughs or deployment of existing technologies, powering these opportunities will require funding and policy changes. Can a four-zero solution lead to a low carbon-future?

    Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation, Author, Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy (Island Press, 2018)

    Kate Gordon, Fellow, Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy

    Arun Majumdar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Co-Director at the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford

  • Posted on 30 Nov 2018

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    Documentaries for the Holiday Season

    It’s a holiday movie special as Climate One talks to the directors/producers of four recent documentaries that bring human drama to the climate story:

    Hillbilly, which explores the myths and realities of life in the Appalachian coalfields;

    My Country No More, the story of one rural community divided by the North Dakota oil boom;

    Saving the Dark, which focuses on the battle of dark-sky enthusiasts to fight light pollution;

    and Point of No Return, in which two pilots risk their lives flying around the world in a solar-powered plane that is as delicate as a t-shirt.

    Rita Baghdadi, Co-Director, My Country No More
    Noel Dockstader, Co-Director, Point of No Return
    Jeremiah Hammerling, Co-Director, My Country No More
    Quinn Kanaly, Co-Director, Point of No Return
    Sriram Murali, Director/Producer, Saving the Dark
    Sally Rubin, Co-Director, Hillbilly

  • Posted on 27 Nov 2018

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    Are Human Lives Improving?

    In their 1968 book The Population Bomb, Paul and Anne Ehrlich warned of the dangers of overpopulation. These included mass starvation, societal upheaval and environmental ruin. This and other dire predictions about humankind earned Ehrlich a reputation as a prophet of doom, and fifty years later he doesn’t see much in the way of improvement. Harvard cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, on the other hand, prefers to look on the bright side: people are living longer, extreme poverty has been decreasing globally, worldwide literacy is on the rise. Is the glass half empty, or half full?


    Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress” (Penguin, 2018)

    Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University; co-author, “The Population Bomb” (Ballantine, 1968)

  • Posted on 15 Nov 2018

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    Saudi America

    Production of oil and gas in the U.S. has surged to levels unthinkable a decade ago due to the revolution in hydraulic fracturing, which has helped the country surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's largest oil producer. In her latest book, Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World, Bethany McLean explores the past, present and future of fracking in America. Yet new development of fossil fuels is simply not consistent with the math of the Paris climate accord, leading us all to ask: What's next for fossil fuels?


    Bethany McLean, Author, Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It's Changing the World

    Kassie Siegel, Senior Counsel, Climate Law Institute Director at Center for Biological Diversity

    Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California

  • Posted on 09 Nov 2018


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