The Case for Cautious Climate Hope

29th Annual Kuehnast Lecture

Thursday, October, 13, 2022
Lecture: 3:00 p.m. (Auditorium)
Reception: 4:30 p.m. (Atrium)

Each year, the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate invites a distinguished climate scientist or meteorologist to give the Kuehnast Lecture in honor of former Minnesota State Climatologist Earl Kuehnast, and the generations of family farmers who relied on an understanding of the climate, the weather, the soil, and the water. This year's invited speaker is Zeke Hausfather, PhD, climate research lead for Stripe who will share a cautious climate hope that both acknowledges the progress we have made and how far we still have to go. 

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Zeke Hausfather is Climate Research Lead for Stripe. He is a climate scientist whose research focuses on observational temperature records, climate models, carbon removal, and mitigation technologies. Zeke also works as a research scientist with Berkeley Earth and is a science contributor to Carbon Brief. He was previously the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, the senior climate analyst at Project Drawdown, the lead data scientist at Essess, the chief scientist at, and the cofounder and chief scientist of Efficiency 2.0. He has masters degrees in environmental science from Yale University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a PhD in climate science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kuehnast Lecture Invitation