Seminar Abstract

Hadi Dowlatabadi

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Climate Change policies: Always the bridesmaid never the bride?

To the casual observer climate change is here, the science is on a firm footing and the policies for action are obvious. In the trenches however, there is woefully inadequate mitigation, adaptation is a dirty word and geoengineering is the realm of Dr Frankenstein. In this talk I will discuss various elements of a "climate savvy" world and suggest that we are not yet there. Will we save coastal dwellers? Will we protect biodiversity? Will we halt climate change? Or will other imperatives continue to trump climate as the primary driver of our economic activities and personal choices? This is a conversation, not a talk. I hope to engage the audience in a dialogue about what I have been learning through first hand efforts to implementing mitigation initiatives in Canada. Time permitting, we may even touch on the pyrrihic victory that is the EU climate policy.

Speaker bio:

Hadi Dowlatabadi is Canada Research Chair & Prof in Applied Mathematics and Global Change, University of British Columbia. He is Associate Director of the Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability and the Bridge Scholarship Program. He is a University Fellow at Resources for the Future and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. He is co-founder and Editor of the Integrated Assessment Journal and serves on the editorial boards of four other periodical. He is co-founder of Offsetters and Cooldrivepass and a Director of Canadian Bioenergy Corporation. As a Rockefeller Foundation Warren Weaver Fellow he co-created Lead. His academic research has focused on the interface between humans and the environment and systems approaches to decision-making under uncertainty. He studies problems in technology choice, acid rain, air quality, infectious and vector-borne diseases, energy policy, equity, ethics and climate change. He received his BSc in physics from Edinburgh University (1980) and his PhD in Physics from Cambridge University (1984). He has had the pleasure of working with more than 2 dozen scholars in completing their PhDs.