The Power in Weather: Renewable Answers to Energy and Climate Challenges

Thursday, December 12, 2013 • 7:30–8:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Bay Observatory Gallery
Free with museum admission
All Ages

Join Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, Chief Science Advisor for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Research, as he describes how weather can hold the key to our current and future energy needs. How much and how quickly could we cut greenhouse gas emissions by switching to existing low-carbon technologies across the industrialized world? Surprisingly, we could lower carbon emissions nearly 90% by the 2030s, according to a four-year weather and energy study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With the continual decrease in costs of wind and solar power generation, the study by NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab analyzed detailed weather data and economic factors in the United States, Europe, China, and Australia, and concluded that these savings in greenhouse gases emissions could be achieved without raising existing costs for power generation if we switch to a high-voltage power transmission system. Hear more about the amazing capacity of weather for generating energy, and celebrate the education partnership between NOAA and the Exploratorium, at a special landscape conversation series in the Observatory Gallery. Introductory remarks will be given by Dr. Robert Detrick, a marine geophysicist and the head of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.