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Focusing Our Nation Foothill College April 18, 2009
In the News… <ul><li>EPA declares GHG a significant risk to human health – can be regulated… </li></ul><ul><li>Who knew? <...
Ice Cores – Story of Vostok
Vostok Ice Core Data <ul><li>A perfect correlation between CO 2 , temperature, and sea level </li></ul><ul><li>For every o...
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 <ul><li>Heat storms </li></ul><ul><li>Droughts </li></ul><ul><li>Storm intensity </li></ul><ul><li>Fir...
So What’s the Plan?
A Subsystems Approach  <ul><li>Renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution systems </li></ul><ul><li>Smart energy </li...
Bigger Questions <ul><li>What is our purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>What is our role on earth? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we live i...
Civilization 2.0
Our Panelists <ul><li>Robert Cormia, Foothill College Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Allen, Foothill-De Anza District E...
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  1. 1. Focusing Our Nation Foothill College April 18, 2009
  2. 2. In the News… <ul><li>EPA declares GHG a significant risk to human health – can be regulated… </li></ul><ul><li>Who knew? </li></ul><ul><li>Actually… </li></ul><ul><li>We have known this for years </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ice Cores – Story of Vostok
  4. 4. Vostok Ice Core Data <ul><li>A perfect correlation between CO 2 , temperature, and sea level </li></ul><ul><li>For every one ppm CO 2 , sea level rises 1 meter, temp rises .05 C (global) </li></ul><ul><li>Process takes 100 years to add 1 ppm CO 2 , and reach thermal equilibrium </li></ul>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.
  5. 5. GHGs and Vostok Data James Kirchner Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley
  6. 6. Earth Out of Balance http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20050428/
  7. 7. Accelerating Change <ul><li>Heat storms </li></ul><ul><li>Droughts </li></ul><ul><li>Storm intensity </li></ul><ul><li>Fires / duration </li></ul><ul><li>Ice quakes </li></ul><ul><li>Methane release </li></ul><ul><li>Sea ice extent </li></ul><ul><li>pH of the ocean </li></ul><ul><li>Pest migration </li></ul><ul><li>Sea level rise </li></ul>Ecosystem degradation, loss of biodiversity, failure of ecosystem services
  8. 8. So What’s the Plan?
  9. 9. A Subsystems Approach <ul><li>Renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution systems </li></ul><ul><li>Smart energy </li></ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>LEED / green building </li></ul><ul><li>Electric vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative fuels </li></ul><ul><li>Batteries / fuel cells </li></ul><ul><li>Urban planning </li></ul><ul><li>GHG sequestration </li></ul>Smart energy Smart cities Smart citizens Smart policy
  10. 10. Bigger Questions <ul><li>What is our purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>What is our role on earth? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we live in harmony with the planet? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we live in harmony with each other? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we develop a framework for sustainability? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Civilization 2.0
  12. 12. Our Panelists <ul><li>Robert Cormia, Foothill College Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Allen, Foothill-De Anza District Executive Director, Facilities & Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Schmidt & Jay Shideler, Los Altos Hills Energy Initiatives Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Abe-Koga, Mayor of Mountain View </li></ul><ul><li>Curtis Williams, Palo Alto Planning Director </li></ul><ul><li>Peg Champion, Green Town Los Altos </li></ul><ul><li>Zann Gill => Smart systems • eco-cities </li></ul>
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