Wealth, Global Warming, and Geoengineering

This podcast is from the ECS Lecture by Adam Heller at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix, AZ in Oct. 2015.

The press has done well in telling the public that CO2 emissions and global warming are associated.  Many political leaders are committed to reducing CO2 emissions to mitigate global warming through policies and subsidies encouraging energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.

What neither the press nor the political leaders publicize is that the underlying cause of the rapid rise in CO2 emissions is the increase of global energy consumption with global wealth, i.e. with the product of the per capita GDP and the world’s population.

Global wealth has increased in the past century about 250 fold and its growth is accelerating. A major part of the world’s population has emerged in the recent past from poverty and the world’s fraction of poor people continues to shrink.

About Adam Heller:
Adam Heller’s work in electrochemical engineering has touched the lives of people across the globe. As the inventor of the painless diabetes blood monitor, his developments in healthcare have had enormous societal and economic impact. Heller’s work spans a range of technologies, touching areas related to battery and energy.

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