Spring 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series - 2/6/2018: Robert Socolow, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Emeritus, and Senior Research Scholar in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The extraordinary progress of renewable energy tempts the declaration of "Mission Accomplished!" Whoa! We've yet to address coal-based industrialization in developing countries, the intermittency of wind and solar power, uncertainties regarding severe climate change, and the validity of geoengineering. A new academic domain, Destiny Studies, explores humanity's collective future and asks what accomplishing the "mission" requires.