California is a leader in the fight against dangerous climate change. But experts say more needs to be done. Much more.
What is the state of scientific knowledge about the causes and impacts of global warming?
How can the U.S. and fast-growing economies such as China and India reduce carbon emissions to safe levels?
Can California consumers, corporations and policymakers facilitate systemic change and spur others to act?
What are the costs and what are the opportunities? What role does innovation play?- The Commonwealth Club of California
Gregory Dalton is chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Club of California and Director of The Club's Climate 1 Initiative. He previously was international editor at The Industry Standard magazine, an editor for the Associated Press in New York, and a correspondent in China and Canada for the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
Proficient in both Mandarin and Cantonese, he is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ray Lane is a Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, focused on helping entrepreneurs with technological and market insight, organizational development, team building, selling and managing growth. Since joining KPCB, Ray has sponsored several investments for the firm in enterprise and consumer technology, as well as clean and alternative energy.
These companies include Ausra (solar concentrator), GreatPoint Energy (coal to gas conversion), Fisker Automotive (plug-in hybrid car), Th!nk NA (electric car), Luca Technologies (biologically enhanced gas recovery from fossilized hydrocarbons), Xsigo Systems (virtual I/O switch for datacenters), SpikeSource (open source platform for integration and testing), MEVIO (social media network), Virsa (compliance for large enterprises) and Elance (marketplace for services). He also serves on the board of Quest Software.
Mary D. Nichols was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007. She returns to the Air Board 30 years after serving as the Chairman under Governor Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983.
Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and private, not-for-profit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has held a number of positions, including: assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under the Clinton Administration, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the University of California, Los Angeles Institute of the Environment.
As one of California's first environmental lawyers, she initiated precedent-setting test cases under the Federal Clean Air Act and California air quality laws while practicing as a staff attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri
Rajendra Pachauri is the the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Directo-General of the Indian Energy and Resource Institute (TERI).
Dr Pachauri has been with TERI since 1982, when he joined as Director and was then redesignated as Director-General in April 2001. Since 1998, he has also been Chancellor, TERI University.
Under Dr Pachauri's leadership, TERI today has emerged as one of the few action-oriented interdisciplinary institutions in the world and one that firmly believes that its research and findings must result in implementation to improve the human condition . It has developed into a hands-on, solution oriented change agent undertaking need-responsive research, opinion creation and capacity building.
His career commenced with the Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, where he held several managerial positions. Dr Pachauri then went on to join the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA, where he obtained an MS in industrial engineering in 1972, a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in economics. He also served as Assistant Professor in 1974-75 and was later a Visiting Faculty Member in the Department of Economics and Business. On his return to India in 1975, he joined the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, as Member Senior Faculty and went on to become Director, Consulting and Applied Research Division.
Prominently known for his research on environmental issues, Dr Pachauri has received both national and international acclaim for his efforts in building awareness and understanding about man-made climate change including laying the foundation for measures required to adapt to and mitigate these changes and their policy dimensions.
In April 2002, Dr Pachauri was elected the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as position to which he was re-elected in September 2008. IPCC along with former Vice President Al Gore was awarded the “Nobel Peace Prize” for the year 2007.
He has been conferred with the “Padma Vibhushan”, second highest civilian award, for his services in the field of science and engineering in January 2008 by the President of India and received the 'Officier De La LégionD'Honneur' from the Government of France in 2006. He has also been conferred with ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star' by His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan, the ‘Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland' by the Prime Minister of Finland and the ‘Commander of the Order of Leopold II' by the King of the Belgians.
Dr Pachauri's wide-ranging expertise has resulted in his membership of various international and national committees and boards. At the international level, his current positions include Member, Advisory Board for the Clinton Climate Initiative, USA, January 2010 onwards; Member of a High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures, UNESCO, France, December 2009 onwards; President, Asian Energy Institute 1992 onwards. In addition, he is also on the board of the Global Humanitarian Forum recently founded by the former UN Secy Gen Kofi Annan. On the national level, Dr Pachauri has been on the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Climate Change, June 2007 onwards.
He also has associations with academic and research institutes and has also authored 23 books and several papers and articles. Since 1999, he has been an appointed Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Environment Agency, Government of Japan. In July 2009 he was also appointed Director, Yale Climate and Energy Institute, USA.
Mary Nichols details the new emission caps that California is starting to implement.
AB-32, California's "Global Warming Solutions Act," calls for greenhouse gas emissions to return to 1990 levels by 2020, an ambitious plan that requires better efficiency across all industries that make up the state's always growing economy.
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri explains that dating back to Newton's apple, "new knowledge is always opposed." Despite a wealth of published research demonstrating humans' responsibility for climate change, skeptics will continue to deny any link.
Pachauri points to the example of those who continue to assert that the world is flat.