Kartikeya Singh moderating panel at How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a Warming Planet?
Still from Merchants of Doubt courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Kartikeya Singh (moderator): How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a Warming Planet?

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:50pm




Washington, D.C.


Humans are altering the Earth system at every scale, up to and including the global climate. Going forward, how will human ingenuity handle a warming world? We're all familiar with the doomsday predictions of more droughts, fires, floods and economic disaster, but what are the possibilities for thriving in a changed climate? Our species is innovative and adaptive—rarely more so than when responding to stress and conflict. Join Future Tense to consider the question before us in these Anthropocene days: What opportunities does global climate change present for making our societies more equitable, prosperous, and resilient in the long run?


On the evening of Jan. 14, Future Tense will host a screening of the documentary Merchants of Doubt in Washington. Merchants of Doubt looks at the shadowy world of well-paid pseudo-experts who undermine established science at the behest of the tobacco, pharmaceutical, and fossil fuel industries.

On Thursday, Jan. 15, Future Tense—a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University—will discuss these issues at the New America offices in Washington, D.C. 

2014 Fellow Kartikeya Singh is moderating the 12:50 p.m. panel: The Energy Question.

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