How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a Warming Planet?

New America

Humans are altering the Earth system at every scale, up to and including the global climate. Going forward, how will human ingenuity handle a warming world? We're all familiar with the doomsday predictions of more droughts, fires, floods and economic disaster, but what are the possibilities for thriving in a changed climate? Our species is innovative and adaptive—rarely more so than when responding to stress and conflict. Join Future Tense to consider the question before us in these Anthropocene days: What opportunities does global climate change present for making our societies more equitable, prosperous and resilient in the long run?

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12:15 PM: Futures of Climate Change

Brad Allenby
President's Professor of Sustainable Engineering, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, Arizona State University

12:35 PM: The Climate Business Boom

Mckenzie Funk
Author, Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

12:50 PM: The Energy Question

Alex Trembath
Senior Analyst, The Breakthrough Institute

Lisa Margonelli
Author, Oil On the Brain: Petroleum's Long Strange Trip to Your Tank @LisaMargonelli

Utibe Effiong Research Scientist, Risk Science Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health


Kartikeya Singh
CIERP Doctoral Research Fellow, Tufts University

1:35 PM: Navigating New Frontiers

Rear Admiral Jonathan White
Director, Space and Maritime Domain Awareness & Oceanographer, Navigator, United States Navy

Sharon E. Burke
Senior Advisor, New America
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, United States Department of Defense

2:05 PM: Tomorrow's Thriving Cities

Elizabeth Yee
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Solutions, 100 Resilient Cities

Nikhil da Victoria Lobo
Head, Global Partnerships, Americas, Swiss Re Financial Services Corporation


Mckenzie Funk Author, Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming @McKenzieFunk

2:50 PM: Building More Equitable and Prosperous Societies

Nikki Silvestri
Food Systems & Climate Solutions Advocate & Former Executive Director, Green for All

Rimjhim Aggarwal
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Todd Moss
Chief Operating Officer & Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development @toddjmoss


Dan Sarewitz
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University