Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Lecture on Climate Change Implications of Waste Treatment

Tuesday, November 13th
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 112, Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Perry L. McCarty
Silas H. Palmer, Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Winner of the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize

Meet the speaker, 5:15pm - 5:30pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that four percent of the equivalent anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in the world result from methane and nitrous oxide produced from wastewater, solid wastes, and animal manure. However, if such methane gas is collected and used as a biofuel, not only would the methane emissions decrease, but also the need for fossil fuels could be decreased as well. Indeed, the potential to produce methane from wastewater treatment might be exploited to a greater extent than it has at present to turn a potential problem into a significant benefit for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. How might wastes best be handled in the future to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and how might this change our current practices?

For more information, contact the Water Resources Center Archives at (510) 642-2666 or waterarc@library.berkeley.edu, or check out the Colloquium web site: http://lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/ccow.html

PDF of flyer for this lecture: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/pdfs/mccartyflyer.pdf

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