The climate casino

Scientists are sounding alarms that climate change is happening right now. Inaction looks like a risky roll of the global-warming dice. Erin Gill, Director, City of Knoxville's Office of Sustainability, reviews The climate casino: risk, uncertainty, and economics for a warming world by William D. Nordaus in this podcast.

The climate casino offers a no-nonsense look at why communities should be concerned about climate change and the types of policies that can reduce global climate risks," Ms. Gill says. "Its focus on science and economics helps to—in Nordhaus’ words—‘cool down the rhetoric’ and foster analytical and productive conversations about climate change.”

Ms. Gill has over five years of experience managing and implementing environmental programs. The City of Knoxville's Office of Sustainability addresses issues relating to the environmental, economic, and social health of the Knoxville community. Ms. Gill has a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University and a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame. She has also worked for the EPA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer and for ICF International in Atlanta, where she helped administer Georgia Power’s energy efficiency programs. She currently serves on the board of the East Tennessee Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. (Recorded September 17, 2014)

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Melissa Brenneman

Melissa listens to hours of podcasts on most days. She started the habit with the intention of taking long walks, but podcasts proved to be more addicting than exercise. She records, edits and mixes podcasts for the library.
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Alan May

Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, The New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.