PodcastsJune 14, 2017

The Energy Transition Show: Climate Science Part 3 – Paleoclimate

Straight talk about the world’s transition from fossil fuels to renewables with energy expert Chris Nelder. In this third episode of a mini-series on climate science, podcast hosts talk with paleoclimate scientist Robert Kopp of Rutgers University, Lab co-director, about what Earth’s past climate can tell us about its future, especially where it concerns sea level rise. They also discuss his research on the relationship between climate science and the economy, and how a transdisciplinary approach using natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and urban planning can help us tackle the challenges that climate change poses to the world’s coastlines…and how tools like the social cost of carbon and appropriate discount rates can help address those challenges, from New Jersey to Florida, no matter what Trump does with federal policy. Finally, they discuss how ratings agencies and risk adjustors need to start factoring in climate risk, and why they haven't so far.