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Focusing Our Nation

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    • Focusing Our Nation Foothill College April 18, 2009
    • In the News…
      • EPA declares GHG a significant risk to human health – can be regulated…
      • Who knew?
      • Actually…
      • We have known this for years
    • Ice Cores – Story of Vostok
    • Vostok Ice Core Data
      • A perfect correlation between CO 2 , temperature, and sea level
      • For every one ppm CO 2 , sea level rises 1 meter, temp rises .05 C (global)
      • Process takes 100 years to add 1 ppm CO 2 , and reach thermal equilibrium
      This is not just a correlation, this is a complex and dynamic process , with multiple inputs. Touching one input affects all other inputs , and increases in temperature becomes a further feedback and multiplier of these inputs.
    • GHGs and Vostok Data James Kirchner Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley
    • Earth Out of Balance http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20050428/
    • Accelerating Change
      • Heat storms
      • Droughts
      • Storm intensity
      • Fires / duration
      • Ice quakes
      • Methane release
      • Sea ice extent
      • pH of the ocean
      • Pest migration
      • Sea level rise
      Ecosystem degradation, loss of biodiversity, failure of ecosystem services
    • So What’s the Plan?
    • A Subsystems Approach
      • Renewable energy
      • Distribution systems
      • Smart energy
      • Energy efficiency
      • LEED / green building
      • Electric vehicles
      • Alternative fuels
      • Batteries / fuel cells
      • Urban planning
      • GHG sequestration
      Smart energy Smart cities Smart citizens Smart policy
    • Bigger Questions
      • What is our purpose?
      • What is our role on earth?
      • Can we live in harmony with the planet?
      • Can we live in harmony with each other?
      • How do we develop a framework for sustainability?
    • Civilization 2.0
    • Our Panelists
      • Robert Cormia, Foothill College Faculty
      • Charles Allen, Foothill-De Anza District Executive Director, Facilities & Operations
      • Steve Schmidt & Jay Shideler, Los Altos Hills Energy Initiatives Committee
      • Margaret Abe-Koga, Mayor of Mountain View
      • Curtis Williams, Palo Alto Planning Director
      • Peg Champion, Green Town Los Altos
      • Zann Gill => Smart systems • eco-cities