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Making sense of Copenhagen

In the wake of the arguably fruitless climate summit in Copenhagen last year, a prominent expert on the subject is scheduled to speak at the University of Minnesota on Thursday.
Professor David Victor of the University of California-San Diego is a

In the wake of the arguably fruitless climate summit in Copenhagen last year, a prominent expert on the subject is scheduled to speak at the University of Minnesota on Thursday.

Professor David Victor of the University of California-San Diego is a former director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University and previous director of the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. In that role, he oversaw the council’s task force on energy and was senior adviser to the task force on climate change.

Victor’s research examines ways to improve management of the nation’s $50 billion strategic oil reserve, strategies for managing investment in “geoengineering” and a wide array of other topics related to technological innovation. He has also studied global forest policy, global warming and genetic engineering of food crops.

His talk — the Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy, scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Cargill Building for Microbial & Plant Genomics, 1500 Gortner Ave., St. Paul — is free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested here online.