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Avoiding dangerous climate change: Is geo-engineering the answer?
Date:11/10/2009

There's a growing realization among some climate scientists that the window for taking effective action on climate change is closing fast and the world is barreling toward a tipping point where dangerous consequences are all but inevitable. Some argue that mitigation alone (reducing greenhouse gas emissions at their source) won't solve the problem, but geo-engineering (deliberately manipulating the climate system and/or global carbon cycle) may be what is needed, at least as stop gap measures, to reduce the threats posed by climate change.

On Nov.19, McGill University's Faculty of Science will host the fifth annual Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium: Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: Geo-engineering or Mitigation? during which four of the world's foremost experts on climate change will discuss the scientific, economic and ethical ramifications of geo-engineering our climate.

What: The 2009 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: Geo-engineering or Mitigation?

When: Nov. 19, 5 7 p.m.

Where: McGill University Main Campus, Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke St., W. Room 132, Montreal, Quebec.

Panelist Bios:

Professor David Keith, Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment at the University of Calgary, has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology and public policy for 20 years. His work in technology and policy assessment has centred on the capture and storage of CO2, the technology and implications of global climate engineering, the economics and climatic impacts of large-scale wind power and the prospects for hydrogen fuel. Prof. Keith spent most of his career at Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University before returning to Canada in 2004 to lead a research group in energy and environmental systems at the University of Calgary. He has served on numerous high-profile advisory panels such as th
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Contact: Allison Flynn
allison.j.flynn@mcgill.ca
514-398-7698
McGill University
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