Research advocates will be asked to present a brief discussion of what they would consider ‘stopping rules’ or conditions under which they would consider ceasing research into climate engineering approaches. Subsequently, research critics/opponents will be asked to present what they consider ‘starting rules’ or conditions that would make them advocate research. This will be followed by an open discussion round.
David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for twenty-five years. He took first prize in Canada's national physics prize exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of TIME magazine's Heroes of the Environment. David is Professor of Applied Physics in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School, and founder at Carbon Engineering, a company developing technology to capture of CO2 from ambient air to make carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels. Best known for work on the science, technology, and public policy of solar geoengineering, David is leading the development of an interfaculty research initiative on solar geoengineering at Harvard. David’s work has ranged from the climatic impacts of large-scale wind power to an early critique of the prospects for hydrogen fuel. David’s hardware engineering projects include the first interferometer for atoms, a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA's ER-2, and currently, development of CO2 capture pilot plants for Carbon Engineering. David teaches courses on Science and Technology Policy and on Energy and Environmental Systems where he has reached students worldwide with an online edX course. He has writing for the public with A case for climate engineering from MIT Press. Based in Cambridge, David spends about a third of his time in Canmore Alberta.
Clare Heyward is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick, working on the project Global Justice and Geoengineering. Clare is interested in issues of global distributive justice and intergenerational justice, especially those connected to climate change. Before joining the University of Warwick, she was James Martin Research Fellow on the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, where she researched ethics and governance issues raised by the prospect of using geoengineering technologies as a response to climate change.