Panel discussion at the House of World Cultures: Climate Engineering in the Wake of Paris

18:30 - 20:00

Climate engineering in the context of the Paris Agreement will be the focus of a public 90 minute panel discussion.

Convened by: 

Oliver Morton

Organisation: 
The Economist
Country: 
United Kingdom

Oliver Morton writes about scientific and technological change and their effects. He concentrates particularly on the understanding and imagining of planetary processes. 

He is a senior editor at The Economist, responsible for the magazine’s briefings and essays. He was previously Chief News and Features Editor at Nature and editor of Wired UK, and has contributed to a wide range of other publications. He writes on subjects from quantum physics to synthetic biology to moviemaking; his articles have been anthologised and won awards.

He is the author of three books: Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World (2002), which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet (2007), a book of the year in The Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement; and The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World (2015), longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and shortlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize. In The Sunday Times Bryan Appleyard described it as “ambitious, enthralling and slightly strange”.

He is an honorary professor in Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at UCL and has a degree in the history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University. He lives with his wife in Greenwich, England, and Asteroid 10716 Olivermorton is named in his honour. 

Speakers: 

Janos Pasztor

Organisation: 
Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
Country: 
Hungary

Janos Pasztor (Born in Budapest, 4.4.1955) is currently Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He has over 35 years of work experience in the areas of energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development.  Before taking up his current assignment he was UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change in New York under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

Earlier, he was Acting Executive Director for Conservation (2014) and Policy and Science Director (2012-2014) at WWF International.  He directed the UNSG’s Climate Change Support Team (2008-2010) and later was Executive Secretary of the UNSG’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (2010-2012).  In 2007 he directed the Geneva-based UN Environment Management Group (EMG).  During 1993-2006 he worked, and over time held many responsibilities at the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), initially in Geneva and later in Bonn.

His other assignments included: in the Secretariat of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit ’92); Stockholm Environment Institute; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Secretariat of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission); the Beijer Institute; and the World Council of Churches.

He has BSc and MSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Pablo Suarez

Organisation: 
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Country: 
United States of America

Pablo Suarez is Associate Director for Research and Innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, where he oversees work in Africa and the Americas, leads initiatives linking applied knowledge with humanitarian work, and explores new threats and opportunities on climate risk management (such as geoengineering, financial instruments, or participatory games for learning and dialogue). Pablo is also visiting fellow at Boston University and research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. His work as researcher and practitioner focuses on the integration of climate information into decision-making, and on institutional integration across disciplines and geographic scales. He has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, the World Food Programme, Oxfam America, and about twenty other international humanitarian and development organizations, working in more than 50 countries.

Lili Fuhr

Organisation: 
Heinrich Böll Foundation & ETC Group
Country: 
Germany

Lili Fuhr is heading the Ecology and Sustainable Development Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation's headoffice in Berlin. She is also a member of the Board of the ETC Group. In her work she focusses on International Climate, Energy and Resource Politics globally. Lili has been following the UNFCCC negotiations since 2007 and started working on Geoengineering more explicitly in the run-up to the COP 21 in Paris 2015. Lili studied Geography, Political Science, Sociology and African Studies in Cologne, Tübingen, Strasbourg and Berlin. She was born in 1980 in Cologne, Germany, has two daughters and lives in Berlin. She is a co-author of Inside the Green Economy – Promises and Pitfalls (2016) and blogs at www.klima-der-gerechtigkeit.de (in German).

Oliver Geden

Organisation: 
German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Country: 
Germany

Dr Oliver Geden is head of the EU/Europe Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP), which advises both the German Parliament and the German Federal Government. His work focuses on the European Union’s climate and energy policy, climate engineering, and the quality of scientific policy advice.
Oliver has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and the University of Oxford. During his time at SWP he has been seconded to the Federal Foreign Office’s policy planning unit, and to the policy planning division of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

H. Elizabeth Thompson

Organisation: 
Sustainability consultant and former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations
Country: 
Barbados & USA

H. Elizabeth (Liz) Thompson is an attorney and consultant. She is a recipient of the “Champion of the Earth” Award. Liz is a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations where she served as Executive Coordinator of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. She was a Member of Parliament, Minister and Senator in Barbados. She coauthored, “The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development” and “The Plain Language Guide to Rio+20,” and authored numerous articles on energy, environment, sustainability, development and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Liz holds an LLM from the Robert Gordon University, MBA with distinction from the University of Liverpool, LLB from the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Bar qualification LEC, from the Hugh Wooding Law School.

David Keith

Organisation: 
Harvard University
Country: 
United States of America

David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for twenty-five years. He took first prize in Canada's national physics prize exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of TIME magazine's Heroes of the Environment. David is Professor of Applied Physics in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School, and founder at Carbon Engineering, a company developing technology to capture of CO2 from ambient air to make carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels. Best known for work on the science, technology, and public policy of solar geoengineering, David is leading the development of an interfaculty research initiative on solar geoengineering at Harvard. David’s work has ranged from the climatic impacts of large-scale wind power to an early critique of the prospects for hydrogen fuel. David’s hardware engineering projects include the first interferometer for atoms, a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA's ER-2, and currently, development of CO2 capture pilot plants for Carbon Engineering. David teaches courses on Science and Technology Policy and on Energy and Environmental Systems where he has reached students worldwide with an online edX course. He has writing for the public with A case for climate engineering from MIT Press. Based in Cambridge, David spends about a third of his time in Canmore Alberta.