7th Michio Yanai Distinguished Lecture


Two Environmental Success Stories and Why They Give Us Hope for the Planet

Susan Solomon 

Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Science 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 

Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:00 p.m. PDT Zoom Webinar 

Humans have faced a series of national and global environmental challenges in the past half-century, including smog, the use of lead in gasoline, ozone depletion, and much more. This talk reveals how combinations of science, public policy, industry participation, and the engagement of citizens succeeded in addressing past environmental challenges. Finally, I probe how the lessons learned help us understand how to better manage today’s environmental problems, including climate change.

About the Speaker
Susan Solomon is internationally recognized as a leader in atmospheric science, particularly for her insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone “hole.” She and her colleagues have made important contributions to understanding chemistry/climate coupling, including leading research on the irreversibility of global warming linked to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, and on the influence of the ozone hole on the climate of the southern hemisphere. Her current focus is on issues relating to both atmospheric chemistry and climate change