Diplomacy is no longer confined to earthbound matters. Though space diplomacy is not new, the recent proliferation of countries and companies with access to low earth orbit (and beyond) has heightened the need for diplomacy that covers international programs and interactions beyond our atmosphere. Extraterrestrial issues that once encompassed an acute set of national security interests now extend to a multidisciplinary set of geopolitical and geoeconomics issues, all of which must be informed by sound science and technology analysis.
Amid gas shortages and price hikes, electric vehicles can't take over soon enough. Ford is unveiling an all-electric F-150, America's best-selling vehicle, and President Biden wants to invest $174 billion in electric vehicle incentives.
Two Duke experts will discuss the policies and infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in the United States, as well as the environmental advantages of electric cars, during this video conference call for the media that is also available for general viewing on YouTube.
We invite you to join us May 6th, 4-5 pm (online) to discuss your ideas and interest in creating a new student risk group at Duke, with support from The Duke Center on Risk. The Zoom link will be: https://duke.zoom.us/j/94577974688.
We're asking students across campus - undergraduates, professional students, and graduate students - how we can create a collaborative group that lasts from year to year.
The film Beyond Zero chronicles the sustainability journey of industry pioneer Ray Anderson (CEO, Interface). After a life-changing epiphany in 1994, Anderson embarked on a high-stakes quest to eliminate all negative environmental impacts of the company he helmed-at a time when few companies had ever heard the term "sustainability." In the process, he ignited a new industrial revolution.
RSVP for this webinar on Mon. 4/19 (4-5 p.m. EDT) to fuel up on the context for the uphill climb of electric vehicles... and to get insights about where they're headed next.
Registration required: https://bit.ly/april19ev
Duke alumnus John D. Graham (O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University) will chat with Lori Snyder Bennear (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University) about his latest book. Jonathan Wiener (Duke Law, Duke Center on Risk) will introduce Graham.
Actions from regional and international business communities are essential meeting Asia's nascent net-zero carbon emissions goals. With China, Japan and the Republic of Korea all committing to carbon neutrality by mid-century, and pressure building for developing Asian countries to put forth more ambitious emissions reduction strategies, the region is entering a new era of climate change action.
Register now: https://bit.ly/mar25event
The oil-rich countries of the Arabian/Persian Gulf currently face a dual challenge. As climate predictions for their region suggest conditions could become intolerable later this century, renewable energy stands to eclipse demand for oil. What if these countries decide it's in their best interest to turn away from oil, harness their immense solar potential, and emerge as vanguards of global climate action?
- Sarah Dunham - Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the US Environmental Protection Agency
- Helen Ryan - Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada (invited)
- Dan Sperling - Director, Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California - Davis & Board Member, California Air Resources Board
- Merran Smith - Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada
Across the energy sector, women make up less than 30% of the workforce, but that is changing as more young women enter the sector and as the industry makes a concentrated effort to increase gender diversity.
What's it like to be a woman working in energy? What can both female and male executives do to encourage more diversity in the sector? And what skills make any young professional well prepared for a career in energy?
Our future will be in significant part determined by public policy decisions by companies and government about science and technology, yet few know how this system works-it is truly a "black box" for most. Meanwhile, we increasingly understand that science- and technology-based innovation is deeply connected to society's economic growth and its corresponding ability to generate societal wellbeing and to solve big societal challenges like climate change or the need for quality jobs. So the public importance of science is growing.