The quest to mitigate climate change is for now gridlocked. Despite a growing number of net-zero pledges and technological breakthroughs, emissions continue to climb globally and are declining only slowly domestically. That puts Paris Agreement targets at risk.
In his new book, "Confronting Climate Gridlock: How Diplomacy, Technology, and Policy Can Unlock a Clean Energy Future" (Yale University Press), atmospheric scientist and environmental engineering professor Daniel Cohan argued that diplomacy, technological innovation, and policy domestically can catalyze decarbonization globally. Combining his own expertise along with insights from more than a hundred interviews with diplomats, scholars, and clean-technology pioneers, Cohan identified flaws in past efforts and opportunities to more effectively address climate change.
At this event, Cohan introduced his book and shared an armchair conversation with Chris Tomlinson, the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle.
This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Rice University. Follow @CES_Baker_Inst on Twitter or LinkedIn, and join the conversation online with #BakerEnergy.
Daniel Cohan, Ph.D., is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, where he teaches courses on atmospheric science, and energy and the environment. His research specializes in the development of photochemical models and their application to air quality management and the impacts of energy use on air quality and climate. He received a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology, and served as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia. Cohan is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, and is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and the book, "Confronting Climate Gridlock" (Yale University Press).
Business Columnist, Houston Chronicle