SDG 13
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 11:45 am (AST) - 12:45 pm (AST) Location: KAUST, Bldg. 9, Level 2, Lecture Hall 2325

Polycrisis of Anthropogenic Climate Change

This seminar will explore the direct human causes of climate deregulation and their consequences. Burning fossil fuels will be shown to transform the Earth into a furnace through a global fossil future scenario. The “1000 ton” rule will be discussed, advocating for immediate geologic CO2 sequestration and the switch to blue hydrogen and ammonia. Attendees will be encouraged to be courageous and make a meaningful difference. Additionally, the seminar will revisit the Anthropocene and global mean temperature records, highlighting the destabilization of the Sun-Earth system and the likelihood of exceeding 2°C and even 4°C by 2050 and 2100, respectively. The fate of future generations will be emphasized, urging immediate action. Lastly, translations from technocracy to ecology will be provided, debunking popular arguments by climate warming denialists.

About the speaker

Prof. Tadeusz Patzek is the Director of the Ali I Al‐Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center and Professor of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering at KAUST. Until December 2014, he was the Lois K. and Richard D. Folger Leadership Professor and Chairman of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin.