Edward A. (Ted) Parson, the faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA, will speak to the Palisades Rotary Club at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28 on the topic “Climate Change: What’s (probably) Coming, What’s Needed.”
The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will be held via Zoom.
Parson’s articles have appeared in Science, Nature, Climate Change, Issues in Science and Technology, the Journal of Economic Literature and the annual Review of Energy and the Environment. His most recent books are The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change (with Andrew Dessler) (3rd ed. Cambridge, 2019), A Subtle Balance: Evidence, Expertise, and Democracy in Public Policy and Governance, 1970-2010 (McGill-Queens University Press, 2015), and Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy (Oxford, 2003), which won the 2004 Sprout Award of the International Studies Association and is widely recognized as the authoritative account of the development of international cooperation to protect the ozone layer.
Parson has led and served on multiple advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and other national and international bodies. He was formerly Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law, Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and spent 12 years on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
In addition to his academic positions, Parson has worked and consulted for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He holds degrees in physics from the University of Toronto and in management science from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard.
In a 2017 article for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Parson wrote: “Whether future use of Climate Engineering options will be judged desirable or not, there is an urgent need to begin an honest debate about them, while also pursuing mitigation and adaptation with much greater vigor than has been achieved thus far. Not doing so would make already grave climate-change risks even more severe.”
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