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CeCAR 2nd Annual Conference

At the CeCAR 2nd Annual Conference we were pleased to present three keynote speakers: Michael Toman, the World Bank, Ken Caldeira, Carnegie Institution for Science and Libby Jewett, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Acidification Program, US. 

Michael Toman, June 12, 2017

Energy and Global Economic Development in a Climate-Constrained World


Michael Toman is Lead Economist on Climate Change in the Development Research Group and Manager of the Energy and Environment Team.

The recent decision by President Trump that the US will withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions adds a sharply discordant note to an already cacophonous chorus of voices on the need for deeply cutting GHG emissions, and the opportunities for expanding "new energy" use as part of improving living standards and reducing poverty worldwide.

The first part of the presentation reviewed trends and projections in global energy use and GHG emissions.The second part summarized current evidence, and knowledge gaps, on how increasing energy use stimulates economic progress.

The third part commented on the rapidly changing economic landscape for renewable energy and finally Toman presented some ideas for expanding use of energy services in a climate-constrained world.

Michael Toman´s current research interests include, among other things, alternative energy resources and policies for responding to risks of climate change catastrophes. 

Ken Calderia, June 14

Developing Collective Action on the Climate Problem: Views from a Physical Scientist, Ken Caldeira


Small scale colletive action in hunter-gatherers societies was the starting point for Ken Caldeira´s speech. 

Human beings evolved as hunter-gatherers, where evolutionary success depended on cooperation among small groups of closely-related individuals, where planning for the future meant storing up enough food to last the winter, and where consideration of large spatial distances meant understanding threats posed by the village in the next valley. Today, we find ourselves with hunter-gatherer minds living in a technological world of our own devising, where success will depend on cooperation among large groups of distantly related individuals, where planning for the future means thinking on at least the century scale, and where problems are global.

Humans already cooperate at global scale. For example, we have all agreed to accept strange pieces of paper or arrangements of electrons in exchange for goods and services. We act collectively to create the subjective reality that is money.

Key to the success of money is that we all see it in our individual self-interest to participate in this transactional system. But we do not act entirely in narrow short-term self-interest; we do not cheat and steal at every opportunity. Something of our hunter-gatherer small group tendencies towards cooperation extends to anonymous one-time interactions.

The climate challenge is essentially one of learning how societies can evolve to set up incentive systems that direct individual behaviors in more positive directions. Can we get people to use their rational minds collectively to create societal rules that can better direct our individual impulsive behavior towards more positive ends?

Ken Caldeira and Libby Jewett during the workshop speaking to one of CeCAR´s principle investigators Sam Dupont.

Libby Jewett, June 14

Exploring The Development of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network: Case Study in International Science Cooperation


Libby Jewett presenting the work of GOA-ON. The network relies on international collaboration to share data about the global ecological impacts of ocean acidification (OA).

The Global OA Observing Network is just one of the many ways in which scientists across the globe are working together to track and respond to ocean acidification and the related impacts. This network has grown substantially in large part because of collaboration and cooperation amongst scientists and national program managers located around the world (and the intensity of their interest) despite relatively limited financial resources. This distributed approach has enabled the development of a broadly inclusive, resilient network with strong buy-in from scientists from more than 66 countries. The next step for GOA-ON is to develop and provide actionable information for decision makers across the globe. We are currently exploring different models for how to do this without losing track of the inclusive, distributed nature which has, to this point, allowed it to succeed.

Excursion to Kristineberg, June 14

At the end of the conference a group of CeCAR members visited the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure at Kristineberg by the Gullmar fjord at the Swedish westcoast.

From the left: The Skipper. The rear rank: Prof. Fransisco Alpísar, Associate Prof. Andreas Nilsson, Dr. Niklas Harring, Associate Prof. Martin Sjöstedt. The front rank: Prof. Bengt Brülde, Associate Prof. Åsa Löfgren, Prof. Mike Toman, Associate Prof. Sam Dupont, Prof. Ken Caldeira, Dr. Libby Jewett and Prof. Anders Biel.

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