Steve Hamburg

Environmental Defense Fund

Chief Scientist

Steven P. Hamburg received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College and his MFS and PhD from Yale University in Ecosystem Ecology. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University. Prior to joining EDF he spent 25 years on the faculties of Brown University and the University of Kansas where he served in numerous administrative positions in addition to his teaching and research. He has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was recognized as one of the scientists contributing to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has also been awarded the US Environmental Protection Agency Merit Award – region 1 twice. He has published more than 100 scholarly papers on biogeochemistry, climate change impacts on forests, carbon accounting and methane emissions. In his role as chief scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund Steven Hamburg works to ensure that EDF’s advocacy is based on the best available science. He currently coordinates studies on methane emissions from the global natural gas supply chain as Chief Scientific Officer of the International Methane Studies, which is part of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition/UN Environment. He also co-chairs the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (joint project of Royal Society, The World Academy of Science, EDF) and serves on the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Division on Earth and Life Sciences Advisory Board as well as other university/government advisory boards.  

Sessions With Steve Hamburg

Friday, 5 March

  • 07:00am - 07:30am (CST) / 05/mar/2021 01:00 pm - 05/mar/2021 01:30 pm

    Agora Studio

    Agora Studio: New Technologies for Measuring & Reducing Methane

    Panel Power & Renewables Innovation & Technology Transportation & Mobility Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability

    Twenty-five percent of greenhouse gas emissions are from methane gas. In comparison to carbon dioxide, methane is substantially more potent at increasing global temperatures. Given this, it is imperative that methane emissions are reduced if we are to have any chance of keeping those temperatures from rising above the IPCC’s 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold. A panel featuring a leading global energy producer, one of the world’s preeminent environmental organizations, and an innovative company focused on applying new technologies to identify and measure greenhouse gas emissions, sit down to discuss the latest in methane detection and reduction technologies, ongoing industries initiatives, and the increasing need for further transparency and collaboration in tackling one of the energy industry’s most daunting challenges.