Fuel reserves expert talks about energy sustainability

David Hughes, a respected geoscientist and authority on North American and world fossil-fuel reserves, will speak on Canadian and global energy sustainability at Vancouver Island University Wednesday (Jan. 25) at 7 p.m.

Hughes says we face an energy sustainability dilemma, which will profoundly impact future generations unless our non-renewable resources are managed for long term sustainability.

In all likelihood, says Hughes, we have passed the peak of global conventional crude oil production and are nearing the peak of all liquid fuels (including non-conventional oil, biofuels and natural gas liquids).

The concept that renewable forms of energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal and tidal can replace fossil fuels at the current levels of energy use is highly unlikely, given the low energy density and intermittent nature of these sources.

A sustainable energy future will require a rethink of the way we use energy and the paradigm of continuous growth that has served us over the past couple of centuries.

The lecture will be in Room 109, Building 356 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus, 900 Fifth Street.  Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please contact Steven Earle at the Earth Science Department at VIU (250-753-3245, ext. 2756). The lecture is part of the VIU Science and Technology Spring Lecture Series.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Christmas in Nanaimo: Singing Christmas Tree a 20-year tradition
Christmas in Nanaimo: Christmas comes alive at Port
Why You Should Stay In a Hostel In Europe, Not a Hotel
Bombshells and Buicks in Sooke
Local Legion to celebrate the Queen
Merchant Of Cool: The Trading Post
Integration focus for developmentally disabled
Show for women of all ages
Parksville couples appear on reality show

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.