Well-Being in a Warmer World
Recorded on February 26, 2009
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Carbon-based energy fueled the phenomenal economic growth of the
20th Century. Will it be the undoing of the 21st Century and
beyond? Visionaries of climate apocalypse frequently claim to
base their projections on widely accepted science - citing sources
such as, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Assessment
Reports and the Stern Review. But, what do these
studies actually show?
The IPCC Assessment Reports employ various scenarios to project
economic growth and the associated amount of global warming.
Using the Stern Review's estimates of global warming
damage, Dr. Indur Goklany adjusts the IPCC's projections to find
which scenarios have the best net impact - warmer-and-richer vs.
cooler-and-poorer. His clear-eyed analysis leads to some
surprising conclusions about our future.
As an expert on environmental quality, technological change and
human well-being, Dr. Goklany served as a U.S. Delegate to the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and on the U.S. team that
negotiated the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In
addition, he served as chief of the Technical Assessment Division
of the National Commission on Air Quality.