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What Does Trump Mean for Global Climate Change?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The New School University Center, UL104 63 Fifth Avenue

The New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) hosts an Economics of Climate Change Panel

Climate change experts join to discuss the Trump administration's prospective exit from the Paris Agreement and the Obama administration's accomplishments on climate policy. The discussion will focus on new climate science research, the position of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and concrete policy changes expected under the Trump Administration.

Panelists:

Michelle J. DePass is the Dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management. She joined Milano in November 2013 coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where since 2009 she had served as Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs. In this presidentially appointed, senate-confirmed position, DePass had been responsible for all dimensions of environmental policy between the EPA and other nations, federally recognized tribal nations, and multilateral institutions and donors.

Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. He is the Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at the Woodrow Wilson School and Faculty Associate of the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Program, Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Peter Schlosser is the Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Associate Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He has focused on studies of water movement in natural systems (mainly oceans and groundwater), using natural and anthropogenic trace substances. Proffesor Schlosser has also applied radioactive isotopes to determine the age of specific water masses. His continuing research adds to the basic understanding of ocean circulation and furthers our knowledge of the role of oceans in climate variability.

The event is generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, The New School's Tishman Center for Environment and Design (TEDC), and the Insititute for New Economic Thinking.

Critics of policies that would mitigate climate change often cite negative effects on the economy to forestall change. But are they right? SCEPA is investigating these arguments in a project on The Economics of Climate Change led by Faculty Fellow Willi Semmler. Initiated in 2010 with a comprehensive international conference, SCEPA is questioning how to enact effective climate change policy in light of fragile domestic and global economies and the possibilities and practicalities of renewable energy.

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