Debate: The Soho Forum — Climate science compels us to make large and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

  • March 14, 2022
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Climate science compels us to make large and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Gernot Wagner vs. Steven Koonin

For the affirmative: 

Gernot Wagner is a climate economist. His research, writing, and teaching focus on climate risks and climate policy. Gernot writes the Risky Climate column for Bloomberg Green and has written four books: Geoengineering: the Gamble, published by Polity (2021); Stadt, Land, Klima (“City, Country, Climate”), published, in German, by Brandstätter Verlag (2021); Climate Shock, joint with Harvard’s Martin Weitzman and published by Princeton (2015); and But will the planet notice?, published by Hill & Wang/Farrar Strauss & Giroux (2011). He teaches climate economics and policy at NYU, where he is a clinical associate professor at the Department of Environmental Studies and associated clinical professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

For the negative: 

Steven Koonin is the author of Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What it Doesn’t, and Why it Matters (2021). He joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences in September 2012. He is also Director of NYU’s new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). Professor Koonin was confirmed by the Senate in May 2009 as Undersecretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, serving in that position until November, 2011. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he was BP’s Chief Scientist, where he was a strong advocate for research into renewable energies and alternate fuel sources. He came to BP in 2004 after almost three decades as Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, serving as the Institute’s Vice President and Provost for the last nine years.

About the Event:

Doors open at 5:30 PM
Meeting convenes: 6:00 PM
Reception: 7:30 PM

Cash Bar
Food will be provided.


21 A Clinton St. New York, NY 10002

Tickets must be reserved in advance.

Moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein.

*PLEASE NOTE: Per NYC regulation, you will be required to show proof of full vaccination in order to attend.