Columbia University’s Earth Institute invites you to join a lecture at the intersection of climate science and economics by Sir David Hendry of Oxford University. Sir Hendry is co-Director of Climate Econometrics at Nuffield College, Oxford, a research program concentrated on developing econometric methods to augment climate-economic research. Professor Hendry’s talk will draw on findings from the program, developing and applying novel empirical approaches to understanding climate change and its impacts throughout history and into the future.
Professor Hendry will discuss his work modelling the impacts of volcanic eruptions on global temperatures over the last millennium, then apply those tools to recent CO2 emissions to confirm the theory that human activity is, indeed, to blame for the recent rise in our planet’s temperature. In order to best illustrate the interactions between humans and climate, he’ll then focus on modelling the UK’s CO2 emissions from the Industrial Revolution to present day, showing how policy interventions have played a major role in lowering the UK’s emissions. Professor Hendry will conclude by exploring the costs of “mis-forecasting” extreme climate events by studying the economic impacts of inaccuracies in hurricane forecasts in the present.
Following the lecture, Earth Institute Director Alex Halliday will join Professor Hendry for a brief discussion on the critical importance of interdisciplinary work between climate science and economics, and the exciting future of climate econometrics.
This event is jointly hosted by Columbia’s Earth Institute, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the Program for Economic Research (PER) and Columbia Department of Economics.
This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception where guests can continue the discussion informally over wine, beer and light appetizers. To RSVP, please click the link below.