Decarbonization remains a significant challenge and crucial pursuit even as the world grapples with upheaval from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic, social, and political consequences. Osymposia explores how the challenge of decarbonization and navigating the ongoing climate crisis has changed as well as the opportunities and difficulties that lie ahead.
The 2020-21 symposium is comprised of a series of virtual events to explore how the challenge of decarbonization and navigating the ongoing climate crisis has changed as well as the opportunities and difficulties.
SEPTEMBER 22 2020
Has the Pandemic Disrupted Carbon Lock-In?
Early optimism that the pandemic lockdowns would significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and disrupt the world’s reliance on fossil energy has started to fade. Our panelists will discuss what impact the pandemic has had on carbon lock-in, what exactly has and has not changed, and whether these changes are likely to endure. Panelists: Samantha Gross, Director of Energy Security and Climate Initiative at Brookings; Jonas Nahm, Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at Johns Hopkins University; and Piers Forster, Professor of Climate Physics at University of Leeds.