Free Online Video Features Top Experts at Multidisciplinary Workshop on Energy and Climate Change

October 21, 2009

SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Santa Fe Institute recently hosted a summer school on global sustainability which brought together leading experts on climate change, economics, and energy technologies. A trove of material from the workshop — including videos of the lectures, slides, written summaries of the presentations and analyses — is now available for free to the public online, at http://www.santafe.edu/gsss09.

Speakers include:

  • Sir Partha Dasgupta of the University of Cambridge, an economist focusing on development and climate change
  • Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, an economist who focuses on energy, climate change and policy
  • Matthew England of the University of New South Wales, a climate modeler who studies the oceans and their impact on regional climate models
  • Arnulf Grubler of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an expert in the long-term interactions between energy, technology and the environment
  • Andrew Hargadon of the University of California, Davis, a specialist in the management of innovation, particularly focusing on sustainable technologies
  • Chuck Kutscher of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, an engineer of concentrating solar power technologies
  • Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a specialist in energy systems and radical energy efficiency
  • Dennis Meadows of the University of New Hampshire, a professor of systems management and an author of “Limits to Growth,” an influential book modeling the impacts of population growth and limited resources
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic of the Vienna University of Technology and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, an energy economist and expert in energy scenario modeling
  • Donald Paul, executive director of the University of Southern California Energy Institute and former vice president and chief technology officer of Chevron
  • Carlo Rubbia of the Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas, who won a Nobel Prize for his work in high-energy physics and has now turned to developing low carbon energy technologies
  • Joellen Russell of the University of Arizona, a climate modeler studying the winds and oceans and their impact on climate, particularly in the southwestern U.S.

The scientists highlighted the following conclusions on climate and energy: scientific evidence that our release of greenhouse gases risks dangerously warming the climate is incontrovertible. The technologies needed to start solving the problem exist today and many are ready for large-scale implementation, though a full solution will require a major commitment to further research and innovation. These low-carbon technologies represent a large economic opportunity, but the ordinary course of innovation and technological diffusion is too slow to meet the challenge of addressing climate change. Large-scale government intervention is therefore needed to accelerate this process.

The students at the summer school included graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior professors, business leaders and government policy makers from around the world.

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is an acknowledged leader in multidisciplinary scientific research. Its objectives are to discover and understand the common fundamental principles in physical, computational, biological, and social complex systems that underlie many of the most profound issues facing science and society today. By transcending disciplines, breaking academic molds, and drawing together an international network of unorthodox creative thinkers, SFI is an independent non-profit research and education center supported by grants, charitable giving, and corporate relationships.

SOURCE Santa Fe Institute

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