Searching for Answers on a Warming Planet: Why We May Need Climate Engineering

Free Public Lecture

Searching for Answers on a Warming Planet: Why We May Need Climate Engineering


Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson

Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program, School of International Service; Assistant Professor, International Relations, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment

Thursday, September 14, 2017
5:30 PM
1106 Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Ave.

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Artificially whitening clouds. Injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere. Seeding the oceans with iron. These and a range of other climate engineering or "geoengineering" schemes are gaining increasing visibility and credibility as options for tackling climate change. What, though, is to be made of such efforts? Is climate engineering a new form of hucksterism? A dangerous and distracting folly? Or some meaningful part of the toolkit to generate a sustainable future?

Dr. Simon Nicholson, is the director of the Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service and Assistant Professor of International Relations. His work focuses on global environmental governance, global food politics, and the politics of emerging technologies, including climate engineering (or "geoengineering") technologies. He is co-founder of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a scholarly initiative of the School of International Service.

Discussant Panel

Sponsored by:


Nelson Institute
Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum
ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society
ASU Lightworks
Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment
enter for European studies

Event contact: Emily Reynolds