Future Climate – Engineering Solutions will be attending and presenting a paper at the 10th SDEWES Conference in September 2015

Future Climate Engineering Solutions has been invited to present a paper at the 10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES), which will be held from September 27th to October 3rd 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The paper Integrating energy solutions through smart collaboration: A look into energy and climate plans developed by a global network of engineers will be presented at the Special Session Smart Energy Europe. The abstract of the paper can be downloaded here. This Special Session will gather research work focused on energy systems analysis or feasibility studies that can bring Europe into a future without fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

For more information about the 10th SDEWES Conference, please visit the official website

Future Climate Engineering Solutions participating at COP16 and COP17 United Nations Climate Change Conferences

Video 1 -COP16 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, 2010

“Engineering inst brought together representing half a million around the world, pretty much represented in the institutions we have got. That’s a very powerful engineering voice”

Video 2 -Dr Brian Vad Mathiesen from the University of Aalborg and the Danish Society of Engineers, member of FC-ES, at COP16 UN Climate Change Conference, Cancun, Mexico, 2010

“Between the Aalborg University and the Danish Society of Engineers we had a collaboration in creating a plan on how and when we could be free of fossil fuels in the Danish energy mix, and using the knowledge from the engineering society and the scientific community and the engineering community at the University created a plan and a road map towards the future where we can be 100% independent of fossil fuels, and in the Danish context this means in effect that we have a 100% energy renewable system

Video 3 -COP17 UN Climate Change Conference Durban, 2011

“FC-ES is about getting the voice of the engineers into the process of how we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and particularly how that affects the technology within nation countries and how that affects the national energy plans of countries.

“In 2010 the Future Climate Engineering Associations had about 12 countries engineering associations involved in the project representing over a million registered engineers worldwide”

“Engineers have been involved in through companies looking at innovative technologies and how that transferred from country to country, particularly from the developed world to the developing world.”

“We very much hope that engineers can have a real scientific and rational and numerous quantitative input to how our industries would have to rise to the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

“In COP17 the Institution of Engineers India, part of the FC-ES project, also participated. After a successful COP17 and agreed to work with Chinese engineering institutions in China.”

‘The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See’

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It is likely that many of you would have seen this video. It was originally posted in 2007 by Greg Craven on his Youtube account wonderingmind42 and has made a recent resurgence on Social Media via upworthy.com. If there is one thing that cannot be argued it is that the video has been brilliant at stimulating conversation on Global Climate Change (GCC). The issue of GCC is something that many feel passionate about and through the social nature of websites like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, we have a platform to openly discuss our opinions.

What is the Video about?
For those of you who don’t know – the video is simply an American high school science teacher writing on a whiteboard and talking to a camera. Although basic, the fundamental argument is compelling and discussion-worthy. Since its upload, 11 million people have seen it and that number could easily be more if you calculate the contributions from the upworthy website.

Within the video and the description beneath it, Craven was open to criticism and has since published a refined argument in the form of a critically acclaimed book. However, the basic principles remain the same. He simplifies the potential of global warming happening with two options: true or false. He then measures these two potential outcomes against the choices that we as can make: action or non action. He then rationalises the potential outcomes.

What is the argument?
‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ argues Craven. Using the table, he highlights the combination of potential results. The best and worst combinations are when no action is taken but whether it is positive or negative depends on something we cannot predict: which row it falls into – true or false

The argument has been criticised as being simplistic. Craven himself acknowledges the lack of probability attached to the criteria but says ‘do it for yourself’ and add your own information in – the overall effect will be the same. It is hard to disagree that based on his diagram ‘the risk of not acting far outweighs the risk of acting.’

To summarise the video in Craven’s own words: If we do not act, we could face ‘a conclusion that is inescapable and terrifying’. The argument itself has been great for promoting positive change of thought and it raises awareness of the topic. What do you think about the video?