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Monthly at the Crepe Place

Come one, come all to the “science café” in Santa Cruz.  This event is designed to connect the Santa Cruz community to the latest research happening just up the hill at U.C. Santa Cruz.  It is not an exclusive “club meeting” for scientists and science majors and aims to appeal to all audiences.  So come, grab a beer, relax and hear some interesting cutting edge science that’s happening near you!  Science on Tap is based on the Nova and Sigma Xi "science 
café" model and is generally on the last Wednesday of every month at the Crepe Place.  Due to the popularity of these events, to ensure that you'll have a seat, we highly recommend that you reserve a table by contacting the Crepe Place.

October's Talk:

"Holding global warming below 2°C with minimum investment cost,

negligible land-use area, and acceptable risk"


Alan Miller

Well-intentioned as they are and representing excellent progress along the required path, the INDC commitments on CO2 emission reduction made by 196 nations of the world at the Paris climate talks in December 2015 will not hold global warming below the environmentally critical value of 2°C by 2100.  To accomplish this vital objective, there are really only 4 alternatives: 1) A massive use of wind, wave, and solar power “100% WWS” costing $14.6 trillion (US only), requiring 0.4% of US land area, and allowing brown-outs. 2) Massive implementation of Solar Radiation Management (SRM) injecting SO2 particles into the stratosphere.  A recent review  listed 15 cons and 5 pros, illustrating: “Don’t go there!” 3) A massive increase in the world’s use of nuclear power.  Limited by Fukushima. 4)  Massive use of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC).  Its cold water upwelling will also set off a feedback loop involving increased sea ice, increased albedo, and increased reflection, enabling both generation of 2.6 TW of dispatchable clean electricity and reduction of the Earth’s Surface Atmospheric Temperature (SAT) by over 1°C, thereby allowing financial incentives which could keep the capital investment very low. The majority of this talk will further describe approach #4. 

Who: Everyone! Not just scientists!
When: Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 pm 
Where: Outdoor patio at 
The Crepe Place (1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz).  Make sure to make reservations & to dress warm!

Upcoming talks:  

November 30, 2016: 

Sarah Kienle

Ecology and Environmental Biology Dept., UC Santa Cruz


We're now able to post Science on Tap talks online, thanks to SlidesLive!  You can find the video & slides from some of our previous Science on Tap talks here.

Check out our past Science on Tap topics here.