Hallway Talks with Climate Economist Gernot Wagner

By Rhea Almeida and Luisa Portugal

Bloomberg columnist, author, and NYU professor Gernot Wagner describes how climate change is not only an opportunity for action, but also for-profit. He examines the social cost of carbon, the role big fossil fuel companies play, and key differences in the climate policies presented by US Presidential Candidates Joe Biden and President Donald J. Trump.

Finally, Professor Wagner provides a solution to a zero-carbon future through global policy action, innovative investment, and accountability.


[0:00] Welcome from Rhea Almeida and Luisa Portugal,

[2:09] Professor Wagner begins his discussion on climate change.

Guest Speaker

Gernot Wagner is a climate economist. His research, writing, and teaching focus on climate risks and climate policy. 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. Gernot writes the Risky Climate column for Bloomberg Green and has written two books.Prior to joining NYU, Gernot was the founding executive director of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program (2016 – 2019). He has taught at Columbia, Harvard, and NYU, and has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Rhea Almeida is second-year MPA international student at NYU Wagner hailing from Mumbai, India. In the past, she has worked in the fields of policy, advocacy, and development for a women’s working rights group in India. Prior to that, she worked as a TV news journalist in New Delhi. Her areas of interest include workers’ rights, gender equality, grassroot level advocacy and coronavirus response policy. In addition to being contributing editor for The Wagner Review, she serves as senator for the Wagner Student Association, and events chair for the Wagner Policy Alliance. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

Luisa Portugal is a second-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development Management & Policy. She earned an LLM in Constitutional Law and Theory in Brazil. Her main topics of interest are international development, climate change and the coronavirus crisis. Luisa will serve as Co-Chair of Events for the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE) in the upcoming year. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

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