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Measuring our carbon footprint
Date:4/16/2012

RIVERSIDE, Calif. All of us contribute to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. But there are ways to reduce our carbon emissions. How we travel, what we eat, what we consume and what we discard are just some of the factors that contribute to our carbon footprint. How, though, do we measure our impact on our climate?

The public has an opportunity to find out on April 26, when Louis S. Santiago, an assistant professor of physiological ecology at the University of California, Riverside, will give a free lecture on campus in which he will explain how a person's carbon footprint can be computed.

His hour-long lecture is titled "Earth 101: What's Your Carbon Footprint?" It will begin at 6 p.m. in Rooms D-E, University Extension Center (UNEX).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is open. Parking at UNEX will be free for lecture attendees.

"As with most questions, 'What is your carbon footprint?' has a short answer and a long answer," Santiago said. "I will explore both of these, and give examples of how our actions are linked to global processes. The bottom line is we can all do something to reduce our carbon footprint."

Santiago received his Ph.D. in botany at the University of Florida in 2003. Three years later, he joined UC Riverside, where he is a faculty member in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences and co-director of the Facility for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry.

His research is focused on the connection between plants and their environment. One primary research interest of his is how plant functional traits are the result of resource availability, and how these traits feed back into ecosystem processes.

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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert

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