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Solar Geoengineering: Innovative Technologies to Offset Climate Change
April 8, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presented in partnership with William Jewell College
The massive 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines spewed enough sulfur into the air to cool the planet’s temperature 1 degree F for a year. Is it possible to replicate this process by injecting substances into the atmosphere to displace sunlight and cool the planet? It is one of several hypothetical technologies within the field of solar geoengineering that could counteract temperature rise by reflecting sunlight away from the Earth’s surface.
Join solar geoengineering expert Dr. David Keith from Harvard University, in conversation with William Jewell College professors Dr. Will Lindquist and Dr. Rose Reynolds, to explore the possibilities, challenges, risks, and uncertainties of developing technologies to cool the Earth by reflecting solar radiation back to space.
Dr. David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for twenty-five years. He took first prize in Canada’s national physics prize exam, won MIT’s prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of TIME magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. Best known for work on solar geoengineering, Professor Keith’s analytical work has ranged from the climatic impacts of large-scale wind power to an early critique of the prospects for hydrogen fuel. David has built a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA’s ER-2 and developed new methods for reservoir engineering increase the safety of stored CO2. Dr. Keith is Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School. He spends about a third of his time in Calgary, where he helps lead Carbon Engineering a company developing technology to capture of CO2 from ambient air. He earned BS in physics from the University of Toronto and a PhD in experimental physics from MIT.
Dr. Will Lindquist, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at William Jewell College, teaches introductory courses as well as structural engineering and materials. His research interests include concrete durability, fatigue cracking in steel girder bridges and bridge stability during construction. He is a district director for Tau Beta Pi and previously served as the concrete research engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He also is one of 12 Kansas City-area educators serving on the Keystone Innovation District’s Standing Committee for Research and Advanced Studies. This group is working to advance innovation, research, creativity, and corporate engagement in Kansas City’s 18th Street corridor. He earned a BS, MS, and PhD from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Rose Reynolds, Dr. Burnell Landers Professor of Biology at William Jewell College, teaches cell and molecular biology, genetics, molecular genetics, and is a tutor in the Oxbridge Honors Program in Molecular Biology. She was Academic Advisor of the Year for 2014-2015, and Coordinator of the Oxbridge Program in Molecular Biology from 2014-2017. Since beginning at Jewell in 2012, she has published five peer-reviewed manuscripts on the genetics of aging and adaptation to novel environments. Her current research aims to determine the genetic relationship between the capacity of an organism’s cells to respond to stress, and an organism’s lifespan. Dr. Reynolds is faculty sponsor of QUILTBAG and oSTEM, both groups dedicated to the support of LGBTQ+ students at Jewell. She earned BS in life sciences from Arizona State University and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Illinois.
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Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Fitzgerald, Joan. Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
- Mildenberger, Matto. Carbon Captured: How Business and Labor Control Climate Politics. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2020.
- Morton, Oliver. The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.
This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.