Wednesday’s Speaker and Movie

Dr. David Victor graduated from Harvard with a BA in History and Science and obtained his PhD in Political Science (international relations) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is currently a professor at Stanford University and director of their Program on Energy and Sustainable Development.  He leads a group of sophomores every year to Brazil to examine the links between deforestation, private property and slum cities. Professor Victor focuses on how the availability of modern energy services, such as electricity, can affect the process of economic growth in the world’s poorest regions.

Strange Days on Planet Earth: Episode Two explores the One Degree Factor. National Geographic, PBS, and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium all worked to create Strange Days on Planet Earth, a four-part science and natural history series that uses great storytelling to explore new discoveries about the health of the planet. Around the globe, scientists are racing to solve a series of mysteries. We will focus on one: Could a one-degree rise in average temperature have profound effects? Episode Two of Strange Days on Planet Earth explores this question and draws upon cutting edge science in a fast-paced search for answers. From the Arctic north to the tropical isles of the Caribbean, scientists are documenting a series of perplexing phenomena many believe is linked to climate change. Constructed as a series of high-tech detective stories, the mysteries of each episode are solved through a combination of science, natural history, and state-of-the-art graphics.

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