ladies and gentlemen.
allows us to flourish, in numbers, and with living standards unimaginable to
advantage is mastery of energy. We
started on this path with agriculture. We co-opted animals to work for
us. Then we discovered fossil fuels and the steam engine. Our productivity –
and numbers - increased many fold.
presentation focuses on managing
greenhouse gases by taking lessons from the carbon cycle and using
energy wisely. We know plants take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and
combine it with water to produce food. Carbon is cycled continuously
through the environment by life on
earth. Our knowledge of the cycle
provides us with insight to tackle management
of greenhouse gases head on.
|I have just two
main points to make. Managing
greenhouse gases will be a monumental task. Major expenditures of mental and
physical energy will be needed.
|We will start by considering the carbon cycle
in some detail.