Thursday, March 8, 2018

The View From Les Houches: Saving the World Using Physics

 Above, Carey King from the University of Austin, Texas, shows his Trump socks during his talk at the meeting of the School of Physics in Les Houches, France. I strongly suggest to read King's hugely interesting paper titled Information Theory to Assess Relations Between Energy and Structure of the U.S. Economy Over Time. You may find in it aswers to questions you have been asking yourself for a long time.

The School of Physics in Les Houches, France held a session on Energy Transitions during the week from March 4th to March 9, 2018. About 70 scientists, mostly physicists, gathered in a remote village in the French Alps to discuss the energy transition, the supply of mineral resources, and climate change.

It was one more attempt by scientists to save the world. Having been there, I can say that the task is difficult but this group managed to come up with several good ideas, some of which might even work.

In future posts, I'll try to summarize some of the talks at the school. For the time being, let me just thank the organizers for the good experience:

Hervé Bercegol
Marie Degremont
Zeynep Kahraman
Jacques Treiner

1 comment:

  1. very nice Ugo
    however I think that closed meeting of physicists are unlikely to have a meaningful and complete discussion about the topic... you need more social scientists, civic society, activists etc. Scientists will come up with tecnho-fixes, we need political solutions ;)



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome and the author of "Extracted: how the quest for mineral resources is plundering the Planet" (Chelsea Green 2014). His most recent book is "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017)