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Paul Sabin on the Politics of Energy

Paul Sabin, author of  The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future (2013) & Crude Politics: The California Oil Market, 1900-1940 (2005), will be here at Brown, Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

The title of his talk is "Making a Place for Historians in the Climate and Energy Debates."

(Distributed September 18, 2014)

Students help pass climate bill into law

On Aug. 2, Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 signed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 into law — a climate change bill that had originally been drafted by Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, J. Timmons Roberts, 15 Brown students and a group of consultants.

The law’s main goals are to reduce the state’s carbon emissions and to adapt to the consequences of climate change by creating the EC4, or the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Committee.

(Distributed September 18, 2014)

Extinctions during human era worse than thought

An order of magnitude:

The gravity of the world’s current extinction rate becomes clearer upon knowing what it was before people came along. A new estimate finds that species die off as much as 1,000 times more frequently nowadays than they used to. That’s 10 times worse than the old estimate of 100 times.

(Distributed September 8, 2014)
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