The 2nd Global Grand Challenges Summit

SESSION 1: SUSTAINABILITY

Event Details
September
15
2015
to
September
15
2015
Beijing, China
Schedule

Foremost among the Grand Challenges we face are those that must be met to ensure the future itself. The Earth is a planet of finite resources, and its growing population currently consumes them at a rate that cannot be sustained. Economical sources of clean and renewable energy must be found while ways of reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels are developed. Engineers must also design countermeasures for disruption of the nitrogen cycle, while maintaining the ability of agriculture to produce adequate food supplies. And, while modern technologies can provide access to clean water, this remains a major problem in many parts of the world.

Keith Clarke - Same challenges with Bigger Answers or a DIfferent Question

Robert Socolow - Fitting on the Earth: Grand Challenges to Preserve the Habitability of the Planet

QIAN Yi - Sustainable Management of Urban Water Resources

Chair
CHEN Jining
CHEN Jining
Minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China
Keith Clarke CBE
Keith Clarke
CBE, Chair, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay plc; Vice President, Institute of Civil Engineers
Robert Socolow
Robert Socolow
Co-Director, the Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Director, Climate and Energy Challenge, Princeton Environmental Institute