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Beyond Paris- Carbon Change

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L'Alliance Française

427 Lovett Blvd

Houston, TX 77066

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Please join Professor Gideon Henderson, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and Head of Department from the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, as he presents a talk on Carbon Change. Following up from Earth Day, and the debate around the perception of science in a "post-truth" age, this should be a fascinating discussion. We especially invite alumni from the Department of Earth Sciences to come and learn what is new in the department.

The venue will be the Alliance Francaise in Montrose and we will have wine and snacks. Following the talk which will begin at 6:30 pm we will convene to the Black Labrador for drinks. There will be a nominal charge of $15 per person to cover facility costs. Please register via the link.

"Carbon Change”

If the goals agreed by all nations at the Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015 are to be met, we will need a rapid change in our sources of energy. This will be challenging, when more than 80% of the world’s energy comes from burning of fossil fuels, and with global energy demand increasing. Most scenarios for the future that allow for realistic rates of transition in energy production, and likely energy demand, suggest that we will only be able to realise the goal of keeping climate warming below 2 degrees C if we not only decrease emission, but also eventually remove carbon from the atmosphere. Such carbon removal - so called negative emissions - will require understanding of diverse aspects of the earth system. This talk will consider how the C cycle has changed on Earth due to human activity, and how we might intentionally manipulate the earth system to control future climate. There will also be time for discussion of climate change more generally.


Professor Gideon Henderson FRS

Gideon is a geochemist working to understand the long-term operation of the climate system and the carbon cycle. His research relies on geological records of past climates, and on chemical measurements of the modern ocean. He seeks to understand components of the climate system with particular relevance to the future, including changes in rainfall, sea level, permafrost, and ocean circulation. He has spoken to diverse audiences on issues relating to climate, oceanography, and geoengineering, including to the World Economic Forum (Davos and Dalian); Virgin Unite (Necker); and Intelligence Squared (London).

Gideon is Head of Department of the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at University College. He has a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford, a PhD in Geochemistry from the University of Cambridge, and spent five years at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, where he continues to hold an associate position.

On the weekend Professor Henderson travels to Austin and so if there are alumni in the Austin area who wish to join us for a hike in one of the beautiful state parks (Inks Lake/Longhorn Cavern) around Austin on Saturday please express your interest.


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