Colloquium Event

Climate Change: Turning a Threat into an Opportunity


The only way humanity can achieve sustainability is by Closing the Carbon Cycle. Closing the carbon cycle is achieved when CO2 harvested from the atmosphere is used in combination with hydrogen and renewable energy, for both fuel and for materials production. The result is a renewable energy and Materials Economy (REME) that mimics nature and therefore is in harmony with it. 
The benefits are numerous:
- The Climate crises will be addressed 
- A new industry infrastructure will bring many jobs, resulting in economic recovery
- Greater equity will result because air, water and renewable energy is more uniformly distributed 
- We will move closer to a truly sustainable circular materials and energy economy

Closing the carbon cycle presents a huge oppurtunity for humanity while it ensures climate security.  

Speaker Name

Peter Eisenberger

Speaker Institution

Global Thermostat LLC, Columbia University

Speaker Information

Dr. Peter Eisenberger is a renowned scientist, corporate research executive, business entrepreneur, and leading academic. He started his career at Bell Labs during its heyday, where he pioneered the use of particle accelerators to produce intense X-rays to conduct basic research on the fundamental properties of materials.  Dr. Eisenberger was then recruited by Exxon following the oil shocks of the late seventies to lead their Physical Sciences R&D laboratory, where he led a team of international scientists looking at alternative energy technologies including solar energy.   He left Exxon for Princeton University, where he was appointed Professor of Physics and founded the Princeton Material Institute, which focused on multidisciplinary applied research in environmental technologies among others.  In 1996, Dr. Eisenberger joined Columbia University where he was appointed Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Vice-Provost, and founding Director of the Columbia Earth Institute and Director of the renowned Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. In 2006, he co¬founded Global Thermostat, which has developed a unique technology for the capture of carbon dioxide from air. Dr. Eisenberger holds degrees in physics from Princeton and Harvard.


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