Transportation Options in a Greenhouse: Alternative Strategies to Lowering Our Carbon Footprint

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 3:00pm

About the Event

Efficiency and mass transit are the most—often suggested approaches for lowering the carbon footprint of the transportation sector. However, can high technology alone—for example, plug-in hybrids—do the job, or will we need to put our big cars on a diet? What are the incentives for mass transit to be used sufficiently for the public to perceive it as safe and convenient, and can downtown areas be made attractive enough for people to live there to help reduce sprawl? Can airplanes ever lower their carbon "air-prints"?

In this presentation, Stephen H. Schneider will highlight incentives to bring about a transition to cleaner transport, along with promising technology and policy options that other states and countries are pursuing to reduce the impacts of climate change from the transportation sector. He will also compare the transport sector with the industry and building sectors to predict how much can feasibly be done.

Speaker(s)

Stephen H. Schneider — Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University

Schneider is internationally recognized for research, policy analysis, and outreach in climate change. He served as a scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 1973—1996, where he co-founded the Climate Project. His work focuses on climate change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identification of viable climate policies and technological solutions. He has consulted for federal agencies and White House staff in six administrations.

Schneider has been involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1988. He and four generations of IPCC authors received a collective Nobel Peace Prize for their joint efforts in 2007. Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002, Schneider has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Westinghouse Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology and a MacArthur Fellowship for integrating and interpreting the results of global climate research. Founder/editor of Climatic Change, he has authored or co-authored more than 500 books, scientific papers, proceedings, legislative testimonies, edited books and chapters, reviews, and editorials.

Schneider received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and plasma physics from Columbia University in 1971.