Shubha Ghosh at Syracuse University School of Law was a wonderful host for a symposium on April 25th on Technology & Policy Responses to Climate Disruption. The agenda is available here. Video of the Symposium is available here:
I presented on Panel 2 on Policy Responses and, as has come to be the case, I tended to play the role of Cassandra, which may be getting me a bit of a reputation I suspect. In many ways, the presentation struggles with a core issue I also struggled with in my 2014 PhD and Book: what model of technology transactions and distribution (including intellectual property) should we adopt if we accept that we must peak global CO2 emissions within the next few years or, gods forbid, in the past year or two. I argue that current models for technology distribution are not up to the challenge and that scenarios for addressing climate change use far too optimistic projections for technology deployment. I think the second part of my claim needs significantly more work and analysis of the economic models and scenarios, work which I am looking forward to doing, although it may end up beyond my grasp. I think the first part of my claim is stronger because we have better information of CO2 peaking dates and on current distributions of climate technologies. On the next few blog posts and over the next month I’ll be re-examining the current data and basis for CO2 peaking dates and current distribution of technologies. As a baseline, I’ll revisit below, what I had to say in my PhD 4 years ago.