Past Events

What Would it Take to Reach a Climate Agreement?

November 10, 2014

Since the 1990s, the world has been relying on negotiations through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to deliver an effective climate agreement.

Geoffrey HealGeoffrey Heal, a coordinating lead author of the IPCC and professor of social enterprise at Columbia Business School, argued it is impossible for this approach to succeed.

On November 20, he joined SCEPA to present an Economics of Climate Change lecture to discuss politically realistic alternatives to the climate problem.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Theresa Lang Center
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 

Professor Heal is noted for contributions to economic theory and resource and environmental economics. His recent books include Nature and the Marketplace, Valuing the Future, When Principles Pay and Whole Earth Economics (forthcoming).

Heal chaired a committee of the National Academy of Sciences on valuing ecosystem services, served as a Commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission, a member of President Sarkozy's Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, a member of the advisory board for the World Bank's 2010 World Development Report and the United Nations Environment Program's 2011 Human Development Report, and acts as an advisor to the World Bank on its Green Growth project.

Heal's lecture was hosted by SCEPA's Economics of Climate Change Project, led by New School Professor of Economics Willi Semmler. The event was generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG).