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Speculations (The Climate): a roundtable on solar geoengineering

October 26, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Join triple canopy for a roundtable discussion on solar geoengineering on Saturday, October 26th.

Triple Canopy is pleased to present Speculations (The Climate), the first of two roundtables on climate change and the future, as part of Marfa Dialogues/New York. Following on our summer project at MoMA PS1, Speculations (“The future is ________”), and as part of our upcoming Speculations issue, Triple Canopy is inviting scientists, scholars, and artists to discuss pressing issues around climate-change adaptation and mitigation, surveying a range of viewpoints on ecology and nature. The second roundtable, Speculations (On Nature), will take place on Saturday, November 23.

Speculations (The Climate) will consider the science, ethics, and politics of solar geoengineering, a set of technologies intended to reflect sunlight and reduce global warming, perhaps by injecting particles of sulfuric acid into the upper atmosphere. How much do we know about geoengineering’s climactic and social effects, and how does geoengineering fit into larger debates around climate change, the carbon economy, and global inequality? Participants include Holly Jean BuckGeorge Collins, and Christian Parenti.

About the panelists:

Holly Jean Buck, a PhD student in environmental sociology and science and technology studies at Cornell University, is interested in how societies experience and retell the Anthropocene, the epoch in which human activity can be seen in geological strata. She researches how citizens and scientists understand climate engineering, and how it is portrayed in the media.

George Collins works with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and is a cofounder of the Geoengineering Scenarios Working Group. His focuses include common-law climate litigation, international treaty processes, and the embedding of political models inside global climate models. He is gradually turning 200,000 years of environmental indicators into a sound installation, to debut in 2014; in 2009, he contributed Flash programming to Bidisha Banerjee’s essay “Flash Yr Idols,” in Triple Canopy issue 5.

Christian Parenti is a professor of sustainable development at the School for International Training, Graduate Institute. He is a contributing editor to the Nation and the author of four books, most recently Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (2011).

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October 26, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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