Wrapping our heads around geoengineering

Drift into the stratosphere as environmental engineer Granger Morgan explains how to use aerosols to control climate change and why he calls this a bit of a Faustian bargain.  He also discusses what position the States would have to find itself in to actually do this as he builds to the terrifying realization that an individual (or a nation for that matter) with a few billion dollars could make the unilateral decision to go ahead and change the climate.

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Contributor

Granger Morgan
M. Granger Morgan is Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where he is also University and Lord Chair Professor in Engineering. In addition, he holds academic appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the H. John Heinz III College. His research addresses problems in science, technology and public policy with a particular focus on energy, environmental systems, climate change and risk analysis. Much of his work has involved the development and demonstration of methods to characterize and treat uncertainty in quantitative policy analysis. At Carnegie Mellon, Morgan directs the NSF Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making. He is also director of the newly-formed campus-wide Wilton E.Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

Interviewers

Daniel Tkacik & Ellis Robinson
Daniel Tkacik is a Ph.D. student studying environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He also co-hosts and produces a radio program and podcast called I Wonder… (iwonderpgh.org) for Carnegie Mellon’s student radio station, WRCT 88.3 FM.

Ellis Robinson is a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University studying atmospheric science at the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies.  He also co-hosts and produces a science podcast called I Wonder… (www.iwonderpgh.org) for Carnegie Mellon’s student radio station, 88.3 FM WRCT.

 

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