The Challenge of Climate Change: Need for an Immediate Response
By Professor Michael B. McElroy
Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies
Harvard Club of Hong Kong cordially invites all alumni to a webinar.
Wednesday January 27th, 2021
9-10 PM HK Time
10-11 PM JT
8-9 AM EST
Michael B. McElroy is the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies. He has served at Harvard University as Director of the Center for Earth and Planetary Physics, Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Director of the Center for the Environment.
His research interests include changes in the composition of the atmosphere with an emphasis on the impact of human activity, chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans, energy, and the global carbon cycle. He has taught classes on atmospheric physics and chemistry, environmental science, energy, technology, and the environment, and China’s energy economy. His research includes investigations of processes affecting the abundance of ozone in the stratosphere and factors influencing the chemical composition of the troposphere. It explores the manner in which changes in the composition of the atmosphere affect climate, and seeks to place the impact of contemporary human activity in a larger context by studying large-scale changes in the environment that occurred in the past. His research addresses also challenges for public policy posed by the rapid pace of industrialization in developing countries such as China and India while exploring alternative strategies for more sustainable development in mature economies such as the United States. He is the author of more than 300 technical papers and several books. His recent books Energy: Perspectives, Problems, and Prospects, and Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future address the challenge posed by our need to switch to a low carbon energy future in order to meet the challenge of global climate change.