People all over the world were elated by the success of humanity's most daring mission to the Red Planet to date: the landing of the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter. Ingenuity is the first ariel vehicle to conduct remote and autonomous research and exploration starting at a distance of over 60 million km from Earth. Find out the extraordinary initial research results on the search for life on Mars and what is next at NASA for industry partnering and find out how you may help in supporting human exploration beyond low Earth orbit.
Sustainability is a global societal and business challenge facing all industries. As the global population nears nine billion people, Earth's resources will continue to be strained, and global waste will increase. Finding innovative solutions and policies to solve for the many dimensions of sustainability will take an ecosystem of partners, with the chemical industry uniquely positioned to lead the efforts. In this presentation, Duane will discuss how the chemical industry can address the challenges of waste, pollution, and toxicity. He will share how materials technology will provide solutions for energy generation, storage, and purification. Duane will focus on (1) how carbon footprint mitigation technologies can support a differentiated model for chemical capacity, production, and operations to contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable environment, and (2) how digital technologies can be the catalyst for driving a sustainable agenda, positioning the chemical industry for long-term success.
World leaders have made a forceful statement that climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity in the 21st century. However, there is a wide gap between ambition and implementation of policies to address climate change. Oversimplification of the climate change problem and its solution have resulted in a political stalemate. Understanding the many dimensions of uncertainty surrounding the climate change problem helps us to better assess the risks. A framework is presented for a 'Plan B' to strategize on how we can formulate pragmatic solutions for responding to climate change while improving human well-being.
Localized carbon-reduction strategies are especially critical in states and regions that lack top-down climate leadership. This paper illustrates the use of coupled systems in assessing subnational climate solutions with a case study of the state of Georgia. The paper illustrates how robust place-specific plans for climate action can be derived from foundational global and national work and by embedding that research into the context of socio-ecological-technological systems. Our replicable methodology advances the traditional additive sectoral wedge analysis of carbon abatement potential by incorporating solution interdependencies and by spanning both carbon sources and sinks. The solutions are affiliated with an array of social co-costs and co-benefits that highlight societal concerns extending beyond climate impacts, including public health, environmental quality, employment, and equity.
Climate change has become one of the most prominent topics of this century. Two notable figures in the field of sustainable systems and climatology will share their insights on how the central theme of this ACS national meeting--resiliency of science--calls for a practical multidisciplinary and systemic approach to develop resilient frameworks for the most efficient use of resources to deal effectively with the colossal challenges of global climate. This is a unique opportunity to join the conversation about the latest information on the technologies, systems, social impact and the future of climate change by interacting directly with two renowned thought leaders.
This exciting session will feature Nobel Laureates Ben Feringa (U. Groningen) and Robert Grubbs (Caltech) and two eminent figures in climate change, Judith Curry, and system sustainability, Marilyn Brown. In 2019 this session included Nobel Laureates Frances Arnold and Eric Betzig.