TAE Speaker

Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 828 7019 5111

Featuring: Dr. Robert Lempert of RAND and the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Topic: Climate Change: How Today’s Reality Compares With Past Forecasts

Scientists have been warning about the effects of global warming for four decades, urging governments to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to reduce the degree of global warming and its adverse effects on our planet.  They’ve used computerized climate models to forecast these effects, and the IPCC, comprised of a large number of climate researchers, has distilled the many research projects on global warming into clear, concise reports on greenhouse gas effects.  Indeed, based on the IPCC’s groundbreaking efforts, that organization received the Nobel Peace Prize several years ago.  Our speaker is a long-time member of the IPCC, and he will contrast today’s climate reality with those earlier forecasts.  Given the just-released IPCC report, of which our speaker was a major contributor, we think you’ll find this talk both informative and sobering.

Dr. Lempert is a principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. His research focuses on risk management and decision-making under conditions of deep uncertainty. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a coordinating lead author for the just-released IPCC Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report, a chapter lead for the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment, chair of the peer review panel for California’s Fourth Climate Assessment, a member of California’s Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group, and has been a member of numerous study panels for the U.S. National Academies, including America’s Climate Choices and Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate. Lempert was the Inaugural EADS Distinguished Visitor in Energy and Environment at the American Academy in Berlin and the inaugural president of the Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty (http://www.deepuncertainty.org). A professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Lempert is an author of the book Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Longer-Term Policy Analysis. He earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University.

While we are unable to provide our normal Sunday morning fare of lox, bagels, cream cheese and other tasty treats, we are working hard to provide stimulating and thought-provoking topics from a broad spectrum of speakers.  We hope you’ll find these Sunday morning speaker events entertaining and worthwhile.  Our final speaker for this program year is Dan Meisel, the Regional Director of Anti-Defamation League Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties, who will speak on civil discourse.  This final talk is a joint event with Sisterhood (April 10).