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Place of Many Trees (Formerly the Liu Multipurpose Room)

Liu Institute For Global Issues, UBC

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

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Dr. Mark Thurber of Stanford University will present the findings of his new book on “Coal”

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The Energy Systems in Transition (EST) network at the Liu Institute, and Energy Resources, Development and Environment Lab (ERDEL) at The Faculty of Forestry are delighted to invite you for the book launch of a newly released book “Coal” authored by Dr. Mark Thurber, Associate Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University.

About the Book

By making available the almost unlimited energy stored in prehistoric plant matter, coal enabled the industrial age – and it still does. Coal today generates more electricity worldwide than any other energy source, helping to drive economic growth in major emerging markets. And yet, continued reliance on this ancient rock carries a high price in smog and greenhouse gases. We use coal because it is cheap: cheap to scrape from the ground, cheap to move, cheap to burn in power plants with inadequate environmental controls. In this book, Mark Thurber explains how coal producers, users, financiers, and technology exporters drive this supply chain, while fragmented environmental movements battle for full incorporation of environmental costs into the global calculus of coal. Delving into the politics of energy versus the environment at local, national, and international levels, Thurber paints a vivid picture of the multi-faceted challenges associated with continued coal production and use in the twenty-first century.

Event Schedule

5.30 pm -- Registration & Dinner

6.00 – 6.10 pm -- Introduction to the event & speakers

6.10 – 6.40 pm -- Dr. Mark Thurber talks about his new book “Coal”

6.40 - 7.20 pm -- Panel discussion on coal transition

Panelists

- Dr. Mark Thurber, Professor at Stanford University

- Dr. Kathryn Harrison, Professor of Political Science, UBC

- Dr. Philippe Le Billon, Professor, Department of Geography, UBC

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Place of Many Trees (Formerly the Liu Multipurpose Room)

Liu Institute For Global Issues, UBC

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Canada

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