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Energy: Shifting Paradigms in Changing Climates

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Organised by:

ISC Intelligence in Science
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and Ph.D. Program in Economics, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing and Technology Center (NOAA-CREST), City College of New York 
Venue: Skylight Room (9100) CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th - 35th Str.), New York City, the US
Date: 21 September 2015
Time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm       
Session Chairs:  Hildegaard Link Graduate Center-CUNY, Jacqueline Djomo, The PTAB Group
A nation’s energy resources play a key role in determining the economic development and quality of life for its citizens and economy.  Nations that are fortunate to be rich in energy resources can use this to their advantage to promote economic opportunities and higher standards of living for their citizens.  Prior models of sustainable development, however, were hampered by a world-wide dependence on  fossil fuel resources (oil, natural gas, coal) and limitations on energy infrastructure, particularly electric grids. Changing climate will impact the availability of important non-fossil energy sources such as hydro-power, solar and wind energy. Advances in renewable and energy efficient technologies may transform the potential for developing countries without access to low- cost fossil fuels or extensive energy infrastructure. Changes in precipitation patterns, cloud cover and wind patterns, however, may disrupt attempts to bring non-fossil power to developing nations.
Vision & Goal
Circular Science participants will contribute to the SDGs by proposing effective energy solutions tailored to the needs of emerging economies. The goal will be to transfer knowledge and best practices from the emerging renewable and energy efficiency sectors to economies in ways that promote all of the SDGs, including sustainable growth, agriculture and health practices.
Identification of a suite of solutions that are immediately transferable to emerging and developing economies that previously have had their growth stymied by energy scarcity.    These would include:
Identification of finance mechanisms for projects.
Identification of the appropriate balance of technology solutions in terms of the resources available to countries.
Changes in development/donor policies that would enable the rapid adoption of key technologies and approaches.
1) Paul Sullivan, Professor, Federation of American Scientists, National Defense University & Georgetown University, Washington, USA
2) Helena L. Chum, Ph.D., NREL Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
3)     Hildegaard Link, P.E., Ph.D. Candidate, The Graduate Center -  CUNY, USA
4)    Jacqueline Djomo, Director of Business Development, The PTAB Group, USA