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BioSurplus recently attended the second of four lectures planned in the month of October for the “Our Energy Future” public lecture series. We couldn’t be more impressed!

At BioSurplus, we take pride in supporting sustainability efforts in our community. Being a green company ourselves, we are always happy to support initiatives that help educate and take action towards controlling our environmental impact.

Featuring lectures from some of the most iconic names in sustainability research, this series really peels back the outward layers of issues faced in sustainability and dives right into the science of our energy future. If you plan on attending a lecture, prepare yourself to be gainfully informed on some the most pressing issues in energy production and use!

The Impact of Energy on Climate Change

This installment in the series, focused on the impact of energy on climate change, was MC’d by Ralph Keeling, Director of the CO2 Program and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Ralph’s father, Charles David Keeling, has provided us with one of the most important graphs in understanding the ongoing change in concentration of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere. As you can imagine, Ralph comes from a long background of understanding the impact of CO2 in our atmosphere. Also presenting this evening was Richard Somerville, Professor Emeritus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Director of the Center of Atmospheric Sciences, and David Victor, Director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation.

Panorama shot of attendees at UCSD's Public Lecture series on Sustainability

This distinguished lineup of industry leaders did an outstanding job of succinctly educating the audience of not only the issues we face currently, but possible solutions to taking first steps at addressing the issues within climate change and energy policy.

Beginning with a discussion on the impact of CO2 in our atmosphere, Keeling and Somerville provide the informative foundation on which the Ramanathan and Victor aptly build on. Dr. Ramanathan and David Victor go on to address proposed solutions for limiting atmospheric CO2 on a global scale by touching on the impact of third world countries and general climate policy.

Dr. Ramanathan’s work to chip away at our global production of greenhouse gasses was particularly interesting. He  proposed that we make efforts to educate and arm third world countries with the tools to limit their production of what is known as black carbon. Through his studies in India, Dr. Ramanathan has been able to pinpoint a significant source of this climate forcing agent that results from the open fire kitchens throughout rural India. This is a prime example of how both Ramanathan and Victor go on to propose methods of dealing with the “low-hanging fruit” in controlling climate change.

David Victor talks on the international politics of climate change

All in all, the take home message is simple: Climate change is an incremental issue for us to address. All of our efforts, globally, combine to help combat the effects of climate change. It won’t happen overnight, but if we plan and act accordingly, we can leave behind a planet that is better and stronger than when we entered it. If we work together, we can leave an energy abundant future for generations to come.

For more information on Our Energy Future Public Lecture Series at UCSD, or to register for the next two lectures on October 17th and 24th, please visit the Our Energy Future website.

“Our Energy Future” Public Lecture Series is a TED-style series that is connecting the local community, and beyond, with UC San Diego energy research. With the help of Google, Food and Fuel for the 21st Century and the Center for Energy Research has utilized awarded grant money from the search engine Goliath to develop and launch a UCSD Massive Online Open Course (MOOC).

“Our energy Future” series will introduce students, and the like, to the emerging and prevalent issues seeded in energy, food, and fuels. These lectures will be used as the introductory lectures of the MOOC that is scheduled to launch in early 2014 and will touch on topics such as energy production and use, climate change, the social and economic issues of energy, and how energy relates to food and water.

Know of a sustainability effort in your community that deserves coverage? Want to find out more about how BioSurplus is aiding in the effort against climate change? Contact ajohnson@nullbiosurplus.com for more information!