Climate Change and Technology Focus of Lecture

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An expert on science and technology policy visits MSU Nov. 12 as part of the yearlong Bioeconomy and Climate Change Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the MAES.

Aimed at all people working on climate change, both at MSU and outside the university, the lecture series presents Edward Parson, Joseph L. Sax collegiate professor of law and professor of natural resources and environment at the University of Michigan. Parson will discuss the necessity of technological innovation to address climate change and the policy tools that can support such innovation.

“Technological innovation is the biggest factor determining how easy it will be to achieve steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” Parson said.

Parson’s most recent books are The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change (with Andrew Dessler) and Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy. Parson has chaired and served on several senior advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Government Global Change Research Program, including the synthesis team for the U.S. National Assessment of Climate Impacts.

Parson’s talk will run from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in Parlor C of the MSU Union. A reception follows.

The lecture series is organized by Thomas Dietz, assistant vice president for environmental research, and Jinhua Zhao, MAES economics and agricultural economics researcher.

There is no charge to attend the lecture, but attendees are asked to preregister. For more information or to RSVP, visit: www.environment.msu.edu/climatechange/lecture.php.

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