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David G. Victor

Professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and Director of the School’s new Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (former)

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June 22nd, 2009

David Victor on the need for more research and international protocols governing geo-engineering

in the news: Atlantic Monthly

As the threat of global warming grows more urgent, a few scientists are considering radical and possibly extremely dangerous schemes for re-engineering the climate by brute force. Their ideas are technologically plausible and quite cheap. So cheap, in fact, that a rich and committed environmentalist could act on them tomorrow. And that's the scariest part. Read more »



June 17th, 2009

Global warming: why the 2 °C goal is a political delusion

in the news: Nature on June 18, 2009

In a letter to the editors of Nature, David Victor submits the complicating and dangerous factors involved with a maximum 2 °Celsius target to rein in global warming by adopting a cumulative budget for carbon emissions. Governments need shorter-term goals that can translate into credible promises they make to each other and carry out now. Read more »



June 10th, 2009

David Victor serves as expert judge for BusinessWeek's first 'Greener China Business Awards'

in the news: BusinessWeek on May 14, 2009

David Victor, Senior Fellow at PESD, who has been studying China's electric grid, was chosen as one of several expert judges to select 10 Chinese and multinational companies for adopting and promoting environmentally responsible practices in China. Read more »



May 4th, 2009

David Victor on KQED's 'City Arts and Lectures' discusses China and energy

David Victor discusses the importance of engaging China on current energy challenges during KQED's City Arts & Lectures programming, May 5 at 8 pm. +AUDIO+ Audio transcript available
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April 20th, 2009

A climate change reader, David Victor provides a syllabus

in the news: Foreign Affairs on March 12, 2009

David Victor provides a comprehensive reading list on climate change focusing on policy frameworks, science, energy trends, and the current timely topic of geoengineering.





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News around the web

Last-minute deal saves climate talks
David Victor, director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California, San Diego, calls the global nature of the ...
December 13, 2010 in Nature.com

Death Knell for Some Clean Tech Companies
David Victor, director of the International Law and Regulation Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, says that at the federal level in the ...
August 18, 2010 in MIT Technology Review (blog)