Leaders around the world have set goals to dramatically cut carbon emissions to achieve net-zero. The stakes are exceedingly high—the next decade will be crucial to stem catastrophic climate impacts associated with a 1.5- to 2-degree Centigrade rise in global climate. But how do we get there? Join Laurie Fitzmaurice and Peter Kelemen online as they discuss the stakes, and the realities around the push to decarbonize our planet. Moderated byAlex Halliday, Director, The Earth Institute.
Laurie Fitzmaurice is Executive Director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA. Laurie joins the Center with nearly 30 years of experience in business development, specializing in energy infrastructure development around the world. Laurie has demonstrated skills building and managing organizations, including the development and implementation of strategic business plans and new market entry with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. She also has a deep knowledge of international energy markets. At the Center, she works closely with the senior leadership team to build on the momentum of the Center, create and implement lasting structures that will ensure our continued growth, excellence and impact, and continue to cultivate leadership practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Peter Kelemen is Arthur D. Storke Professor in Columbia University’s Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences, based at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He was Associate Chair and Chair of the Department from 2012 to 2018. Kelemen is a member of the US Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Mineralogical Society of America, and the Geochemical Society, a recipient of the AGU Bowen Award, an adjunct Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History, the Chief Scientist of the ICDP Oman Drilling Project, and a member of the NASA Mars 2020 Rover Science Team. He worked as a mineral exploration consultant from 1981-1990, received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1987, and spent 16 years as a research scientist at WHOI before moving to Columbia University in 2004. His research focuses on chemical and physical feedbacks during reactive porous flow of fluids and associated deformation. For the past dozen years, this has included a focus on natural and engineered systems for CO2 removal from air and permanent, geological storage, via carbon mineralization during weathering and alteration of Mg- and Ca-rich rocks.
About Us The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world leader in interdisciplinary climate and sustainability research, policy and teaching. Under the directorship of pioneering geochemist Alex Halliday, PhD, the Earth Institute brings together a community of earth and environmental scientists, economists, lawyers, public health specialists and business and policy experts to seek solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges.