Program 72

AIRDATE:12/10/02

PROMO: Alberta Ingenuity Fund Symposium on Climate Change

Dr. Bill Bridger looks for research investment opportunities

Dr. David Keith says we already have the technology to use fossil fuels without producing carbon dioxide emissions

Dr. David Layzell promotes the "bio- economy", where biomass is the new motherlode

And on the forestry front, Dr. Marc-Andre Villard of the SFM Network researches thresholds for indicator species on JD Irving's private holdings


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TITLE: Dr. Bill Bridger, President and CEO, Alberta Ingenuity Fund
SUBJECT: #72 Alberta Ingenuity Fund Climate Change Symposium
SYNOPSIS: At the beginning of December, the Alberta Ingenuity Fund sponsored a day long symposium on "The Science of Climate Change" in Edmonton. Attendance was overflowing as people gathered to hear from experts in the field about the science underlying the climate change debate and possible solutions to abate greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Dr. Bill Bridger, president of the Alberta Ingenuity Fund talks about new climate change research possibilities, and the growing consensus on climate change issues.

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TITLE: Dr. David Keith, Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburg
SUBJECT: #72 Alberta Ingenuity Fund Climate Change Symposium
SYNOPSIS: An expatriate Canadian now teaching Engineering and Public Policy at the Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Dr. David Keith is a rising star among people researching solutions to greenhouse gas problems. Imagine a world where we still use fossil fuels, but no CO2 is released to the atmosphere. A dream? David Keith says we've already got the technology. Now let's put it to use.

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TITLE: Dr. David Layzell, Founder and Research Director, BIOCAP Canada Foundation and Research Chair in Biology, Queen's University, Kingston
SUBJECT: #72 Alberta Ingenuity Fund Climate Change Symposium
SYNOPSIS: At the present time, our economy is based on the use of fossil fuels. Not just for energy, but also for the chemicals and materials we derive from them. Dr. David Layzell of BIOCAP Canada Foundation sees the emergence of a new economy, one based on the use of biomass from agriculture and forestry waste. This "bio based" economy would give us a whole new suite of chemicals, materials and energy sources that don't put nitrous oxide and methane into the atmosphere. Agriculture plays a big role here, with new management technologies to harness fertilizer waste and the methane gas from cow burps.

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TITLE: Dr. Marc-Andre Villard
SUBJECT: #72 SFM Conference: Thresholds for Biodiversity in Intensively Managed Forests
SYNOPSIS: One of the features that makes Dr. Marc-Andre Villard's research so interesting is the fact that he is working in a privately owned forest, a 2000 square kilometer chunk of New Brunswick owned by JD Irving Ltd. In partnership with the SFM Network at the U of A, Villard and the Irving company are trying to set up an index of biological integrity in an intensively managed forest. What factors affect the success of species like the barred owl or black-backed woodpecker? How can these indicators be used to improve management practices?

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