Global Warming with Mitch Harwitz & Bill Hughes

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Date/Time
Monday, Oct 17, 2016, 7:30 pm

Location
Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Global warming is a process that will affect all of us throughout the 21st century (and beyond). It is a process that is already well under way. We shall describe the magnitude of the problem as it is now and show how climate scientists and economists measure that magnitude and project its future through the 21st century. The purpose of the first session is to introduce not only measurements but also proposals about policy, including in particular market-based policies such as a carbon tax. We note the good news that the recent Paris Agreement is a marked change from the failed organization of the Kyoto Accords, and also the bad news that the pledges made by emitting nations may not be fulfilled, and may be insufficient if they are fulfilled.

The next three sessions, for which sign up is required and for which some readings will be provided, will deal with: the measurable scope of the problem and the nature of effective policy proposals (Mitch, Session Two); and the immense economic, regulatory and organizational problems that must be solved if the U.S. is to fulfill its Paris pledges and eventually convert to largely carbon-free energy sources (Bill, Sessions Three and Four). Each session will be 90 minutes, with ample time for discussion. Dates and times of the three sessions are 11/3, 11/10, and 11/15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. The sign-up sheet for the three sessions will be available at the October 17th presentation. It will then be available in the ELL Binder at the Life Enrichment Sign-Up Desk.

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