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July 2021

Cut Super-Pollutants Now!

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A book seminar co-sponsored by the Social and Environmental Thematic Group and the Economics Thematic Group Speaker: Alan S. Miller Discussant: John Redwood, former Director LCSES and co-Chair Social & Environmental TG Summary: The session will consist of a book presentation by one of the co-authors of a recent book—Cut Super-Pollutants Now! The Ozone Treaty’s Urgent Lessons for Speeding Up Climate Action by Alan S. Miller, Durwood Zaelke and Stephen O. Andersen, published by Changemakers Publications in April 2021. Alan Miller…

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Faith Engagement to Promote Equity and Good Governance in COVID-19 Vaccination and Recovery

July 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A presentation by the 1818 Society Governance Thematic Group Speaker:   Katherine Marshall Discussant:    Judith Edstrom Moderator:   Vinay Bhargava The 1818 Society Governance Thematic Group invites you for a conversation on faith communities’ engagement in COVID-19 emergency response, vaccination and recovery. The conversation will be led by Katherine Marshall who has been engaged in inter-faith dialogues since Jim Wolfensohn informed the Bank's executive directors (in 2000) that he was launching a global dialogue with religious leaders and asked Katherine to lead…

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August 2021

The Impact and Challenges in Adapting to Widespread Use of Electric Vehicles in Transport

August 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
(via Zoom connection)

1818 Society Transport Thematic Group Presentation on Electric Vehicles Presenter:  Richard Podolske The 1818 Society Transport Thematic group had two successive in-person social meetings at the Glen Echo Inn after a long period.  It is now time to revert back to a remote format to have a substantive presentation and discussion of a relevant transportation topic.  Richard has purchased a Tesla and will relate some personal experiences. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 828 1007 2808 Passcode: 452838 Find your local…

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September 2021

Dublin Light Rail; Does its Success Have Relevance for Developing Country Cities?

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
(via Zoom connection)

A presentation by the 1818 Society Transport Thematic Group Speaker: Frank Allen Frank Allen joined the World Bank YP Program in 1988, after studying for an MBA at MIT. His career at the World Bank Group was mostly with the Central and Eastern Europe Department of IFC. He returned to work in Ireland and managed an Infrastructure Finance team for KBC Bank. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Railway Procurement Agency, a new public agency established to implement Dublin…

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How have the World Bank, IFC, IMF, and other Multilateral Organizations Responded to the Paris Climate Change Agreement?

September 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

The Social and Environment, Energy, Economics, and  Agriculture and Rural Development and Energy Thematic Groups will co-sponsor a presentation by former Bank colleagues Charles Feinstein and Marjory-Anne Bromhead, co-team leaders, for a study contracted by MOPAN (Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network) located at OECD in Paris on how key Multilateral Organizations (MOs) have responded to the Paris Climate Agreement since it was signed in December 2015. The MOs covered in the study, whose first volume was published online by MOPAN…

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The Role of Hydrogen in the Energy Transition

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A joint presentation by the Energy TG and Social & Environment TG The presentation will describe the various forms of hydrogen, designated by their source feedstock and methods of production. It will highlight the potential for Blue Hydrogen, given its superior attributes in terms of technological readiness, cost, carbon neutrality and suitability as fuel for power generation, all forms of transportation and industrial applications. It will give emphasis to the key feature: Natural Gas can be a source of carbon-free…

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Managing China’s Water–Ambition, Crisis, and Adaptation

September 30 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
(via Zoom connection)

This presentation is a continuation of the Urban & Water Thematic Group’s “Talk Shop” series. Abstract: Of all the world’s large economies, China has put forward perhaps the most ambitious policies to address a multi-faceted water crisis common to many other countries and regions: the need to provide adequate supplies of water to a growing diversity of users, including the environment; the need to protect water quality as pollution sources grow; and the need to manage water supplies under increasingly…

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October 2021

Future of Food: Opportunities and Challenges.

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A presentation by the 1818 Society Agriculture and Rural Development Thematic Group The current global food system is transforming at a pace never seen before. Some novel products like plant-based meat are already in the market while others, like cell-cultured meat, are making fast progress. Efforts to produce food through vertical farming, microbial fermentation, and ocean farming are also underway. The Agriculture and Rural Development Thematic team of the 1818 Society will sponsor a presentation on this subject by former…

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Future of Investing in Chinese Financial Markets

October 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
(via Zoom connection)

A presentation by the Global Finance Thematic Group The speakers will discuss the prospects and challenges of Chinese financial markets and the recent macroeconomic development and systemic risks evolving for the real estate market. Speakers: David Dollar is a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution and host of the Brookings trade podcast, Dollar&Sense. He is a leading expert on China's economy and U.S.-China economic relations. From 2009 to 2013, Dollar was the U.S.…

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Recent Developments in Battery Storage

October 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A presentation by the Energy Thematic Group With increasing levels of renewable energy on the grid, energy storage is fast becoming a necessary new asset class. Most applications of energy storage are variations of that theme – integrating intermittent renewables. There is still no single battery for all applications as yet. The market is broadly divided into two segments: (i) short-duration storage of up to 4hours, where Lithium-ion batteries dominate: and (ii) long-duration storage, where full-blown technology competition between wildly…

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