Science & Society: Global Challenges Discussion Series

  1. November 17, 2014: The types of resources available for energy production continue to evolve. Consumers in a global market have different demands and access to supplies than even a few years ago. How are emergent technologies and changing markets interacting? Will the future energy portfolio be a simple trend from today or look completely different? These questions and others are discussed by Dan Arvizu of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sarah Ladislaw of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Bruce Logan of Penn State, and Grant Karsner of ExxonMobil. Moderated by NPR's David Kestenbaum, this installment in the Global Challenges Discussion series was held at AAAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. #acsscicon #aaas

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  2. October 28, 2013: Droughts, fires, brutal wind storms, heat waves, excessive precipitation, ice storms, hurricanes, and floods seem to be increasingly devastate the countryside and coastal regions across the US. As cities and rural municipalities confront ever more costly and lethal extreme weather events, what approaches are considered? Are policies encouraging rebuilds or rather planning and structures that have a more resilient settlement? These questions and more are discussed by Bill Hooke of the American Meteorological Society, the Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, and Megan Linkin of Swiss Re. Moderated by NPR's David Kestenbaum, this installment in the Global Challenges Discussion Series was held at AAAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. #acsscicon #aaas

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  3. November 4, 2013: In the decades since the Endandered Species Act and framing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, advances in genomics, remote sensing, and global-scale climate models have advanced. Do legal frameworks for conservation efforts lag scientific understanding? How might bioscience can better inform conservation/biodiversity policy? These questions and more are discussed by John M. Fitzgerald formerly of the Society for Conservation Biology, Susan Haig of the U.S. Geological Survey, and Chris Meyer of the Smithsonian Institution. Moderated by NPR's Richard Harris, this installment in the Global Challenges Discussion Series was held at AAAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. #acsscicon #aaas

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  4. October 21, 2013: How will the world's energy production and consumption change by 2040? Will there be different distributions of hydro/petroleum/nuclear-sourced and "alternative" power sources including solar, wind, and bio-based? How will developed and developing economies differ? These and other questions are discussed by Rob Gardner of ExxonMobil, Howard Gruenspecht of the Energy Information Administration (part of the US Department of Energy), and Vivien Foster of the World Bank. Moderated by NPR's Richard Harris, this installment in the Global Challenges Discussion Series was hosted at the AAAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. #acsscicon #aaas

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  5. October 1, 2012: The risk of lethal disease outbreak and the prospect of biological weapon terrorism have many concerned with biosecurity. The technology needed to monitor and respond to biothreats is highly sophisticated and still evolving both in capability and reliability. Differentiating between deliberate and natural outbreaks is a complex problem, and attribution requires scientific and legal proof. Yet, policy makers must work within these limitations and balance public health with state security priorities. These issues and more are discussed by CDR Chris Bidwell or the U.S. Navy/Defense Threat Reduction Agency and also the American Society for International Law, Randy Murch of VirginiaTech, and Kristin Omberg of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Moderated by NPR's David Kestenbaum, this installment in the Global Challenges Discussion Series was held at AAAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. #acsscicon #aaas

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Science & Society: Global Challenges Discussion Series

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The Science & Society: Global Challenges discussion series offers candid conversations with leading scientists, economists, and politicians on global science policy issues, and are hosted by award-winning NPR reporters Richard Harris, David Kestenbaum,…


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The Science & Society: Global Challenges discussion series offers candid conversations with leading scientists, economists, and politicians on global science policy issues, and are hosted by award-winning NPR reporters Richard Harris, David Kestenbaum, and Jon Hamilton.

Since 2009, this series has been co-sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society's Science & the Congress Project, and Georgetown University's Program on Science in the Public Interest. The discussions are held at the AAAS headquarters in downtown Washington, DC.

*Expert speakers are chosen to provide a balanced presentation about the topic under discussion, and their comments are independent of any position that may be held by the American Chemical Society, the sponsors of Science & the Congress, or its co-host(s).

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