October 17, 2012
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Andrew Watson, a Royal Society research professor who studies the carbon cycle and its connection climate change, will give the George S. Benton Endowed Lecture in Meteorology and Fluid Dynamics at The Johns Hopkins University at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Olin Hall 305 on the university’s Homewood campus. The title of the lecture is “Earth Revolutions: Lessons for our future from the Earth’s deep past” and is free and open to the public.
A professor from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, Watson will discuss how – at least twice in the Earth’s history – planet-altering organisms have caused incidents of catastrophic global climate change, and how humans today have the power not to repeat history.
“The good news is, learning from these past events, we can see how we could support our large population and high standard of living indefinitely within the Earth’s resources,” Watson says. “This can be achieved without doing irreparable damage to the rest of the biosphere. The energy and materials are available to do this, but only if they are managed very differently from the way we are currently using them.”
The George S. Benton Endowed Lecture in Meteorology and Fluid Dynamics is named after a former dean of the faculty at Johns Hopkins’ Zanvyl Krieger School of the Arts and Sciences. Benton also was a member of the Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
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