Recent actions by President Obama combined with public opinion polling that shows an increasing demand for action may suggest that urgency is growing to address climate change. International cooperation was focused and determined to address the regional existential threat of a nuclear Iran. Can similar focus and will be brought to the task of addressing what many see as the ultimate global existential threat,  a rapidly warming planet?  Public Policy Fellow, Ruth Greenspan Bell provides insight and analysis. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.
Ruth Greenspan Bell is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Research Associate with the Center for Decision Sciences, Columbia Business School and a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute. With a long-standing focus on the governance issues inherent in managing greenhouse gas emissions, domestically and internationally, she is co-leader (with Elke Weber of Columbia University) of a program to harvest insights from behavioral social science research to demonstrate how to re-motivate how humans engage with energy. Previously, she was Senior Fellow and Director of the US Climate Policy Objective at the World Resources Institute, directed International Institutional Development and Environmental Assistance at Resources for the Future, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, ; and also held various domestic management positions in the U.S. EPA's Office of General Counsel.
John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program