There is strong consensus that the earth’s growing population, as it demands higher standards of living and uses cheap, available technologies (e.g. burning coal, and driving gas-consuming large automobiles), will cause the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere to double or even triple by 2100. This implies many potentially serious impacts, though not all are negative. However, the distribution of these impacts is uneven, with most severe effects being experienced in poorer, warmer places, high mountains, polar regions, or in “hurricane alley.”
Stephen H. Schneider will discuss the local, regional, and international actions that are already being taken to address the problem, and he will describe what else could be done if there were political will to substantially reduce the magnitude of the risks.
STEPHEN H. SCHNEIDER, the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment
Lecture is held at 7pm on the lawn adjacent to Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. Come early and wander through the Cantor, have dinner at the Art Center’s Cool Café, or bring your own picnic.