The complexities of climate science leave an enormous opening for political controversy, and amplify the environmental and economic uncertainties associated with possible courses of action---which range from doing nothing, to reducing human-caused carbon dioxide emission to 10% of its current value by mid-century. Controversy notwithstanding, scientists have uncovered some hard facts, and have also drawn plausible inferences about the past and future climate of our planet. Before opening the meeting to conversation, our guest speaker, Dr. Charles DeLisi will spend about thirty minutes briefly reviewing what’s known about the contribution of human activity to changes in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, temperature and sea level; and the predicted consequences of allowing change to continue unabated. He will also briefly discuss approaches which combine emission reduction with direct removal of atmospheric CO2, including his own views about the potential use of biotechnology for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Watch his interview with QATV.
Charles DeLisi received his PhD in physics from NYU, and did his post-doctoral research in chemistry at Yale. He then spent the next 4 decades doing research in various areas of biomedical science. In the mid-1980s he directed the Department of Energy’s Health and Environmental Research programs, after which he moved to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York as Professor and Department Chair. In 1990 he moved to Boston University as Dean of the College of Engineering. He is currently Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering at Boston University.