Date: 05 Jan 2010

Challenge of global climate change: Prospects for a new energy paradigm

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Abstract

Perspectives on the challenge posed by potential future climate change are presented including a discussion of prospects for carbon capture followed either by sequestration or reuse including opportunities for alternatives to the use of oil in the transportation sector. The potential for wind energy as an alternative to fossil fuel energy as a source of electricity is outlined including the related opportunities for cost effective curtailment of future growth in emissions of CO2.

Michael B. McElroy is the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, Founding Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and former Director of the Center for the Environment at Harvard University. His research is directed at studies of the wide-ranging effects of human activities on the global environment. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, the International Academy of Aeronautics, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences, the US Congress, and various agencies of the US Government, including the Office of the Vice-President. He was a Member of the China International Council for Sustainable Development. He was the recipient of the Macelwane Award of the American Geophysical Union, the NASA Public Service Medal and the Eire Society Gold Medal. He was awarded the George Ledlie Prize at Harvard University and received the Research and Development Award from the National Energy Resources Organization in 1989. He received his BA, AM, and PhD in applied mathematics from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.