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Carbon Dioxide | Present and Future

October 22, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Moderator: Alex Halliday, Director, Earth Institute

Panelists:

  • Roisin Commane, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Peter Kelemen, Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Galen McKinley, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels hit a new record high last year. Our climate research tells us it is imperative that we cut greenhouse gases—including carbon dioxide, a pivotal greenhouse gas behind global warming. But even if we stop emitting all carbon right now, it won’t make enough of a difference. How can we most effectively decarbonize our society?

Carbon sequestration—pulling carbon from the air and storing it safely for the long term—must be part of our global climate plan. Here at Lamont, we have many scientists studying this topic, three of whom will be on tonight’s panel.

Galen McKinley is an ocean, carbon cycle, and climate scientist whose research focuses on the physical, chemical, and ecological drivers of the global ocean’s uptake of anthropogenic carbon.

Róisín Commane’s research combines atmospheric science and biogeochemistry to examine questions about sources of trace gases in the atmosphere. 

Peter Kelemen’s research has included a focus on natural and engineered systems for CO2 removal from air and permanent, geological storage, via carbon mineralization.

Watch below, or join the webinar to participate in the Q & A:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/99342565806?pwd=M3I5dG9DVkJNNmJtNUh2M2Y1aXhoQT09