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Saturday symposium tackles global climate change

Sept. 16, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University’s research, education and outreach activities to define and combat the effects of global climate change will be discussed at a free, public symposium Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fetzer Center.

Subject: Global climate change
Title: What Science Is Doing to Save the Planet
When: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 19
Where: 1040 Fetzer Center, WMU
Cost: Free and open to the public
Contact: (269) 387-5951

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the symposium includes keynote addresses by WMU scientists and engineers: Dr. Steven Bertman, professor of chemistry; Dr. David Karowe, professor of biological sciences; and Dr. John Patten, chair and professor of manufacturing engineering, and director of the Center for Manufacturing Research.

Other scheduled presenters include faculty and staff experts from WMU and other universities.

Symposium Topics
  • Global, national and regional consequences of climate change
  • Biofuels and our future energy
  • Wind powering Michigan
  • The gap between environmental concerns and unsustainable lifestyles
  • Waste reduction and recycling
  • Carbon capture and storage technologies
  • Hydrogen as an alternative fuel
  • Highway storm water management
  • Toxicity and health effects from global climate change associated weather in the Great Lakes Basin
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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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