A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
We hope you can join us on April 8 for a lecture, "Power to Save Nature? The Role of Nuclear Energy and ‘Techno-fixes' in Conserving Climate and Ecosystems". This talk is part of the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Global Environmental Change Distinguished Speaker Series.
Power to Save Nature? The Role of Nuclear Energy and ‘Techno-fixes' in Conserving Climate and Ecosystems
Speaker: Dr. Barry Brook, The Australian Research Council Future Fellow III, Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, Director of Climate Science, The Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide, South Australia
Date/Time: April 8, 2014, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, reception to follow
Location: 101 David Clark Labs, NC State University main campus
Background: Fossil fuels have supplied most of society's energy demand for over two centuries. Yet, with the mounting problems of climate change, pollution, security and dwindling supplies, we now face the need for a near-total transformation of the world's energy systems. This talk will provide a critical overview of the challenges in—and potential solutions for—completely ‘decarbonzing' our energy supplies, while also meeting the growing need for increased prosperity in the developing world. It will be argued that of the options available, it is next-generation nuclear power and related technologies, based on modular systems with full fuel recycling and inherent safety, that offer the best chance of curing our fossil-fuel addiction. Solving the ‘energy problem' will not just help in mitigating climate change. It will also avoid destructive use of natural and agricultural landscapes for biofuels and diffuse energy generation, and allow societies to reduce their ‘footprint' by sparing land and resources for biodiversity conservation.