Friday 23 February 2018

Our carbon habit 'must be kicked'

Edel O'Connell

US ENERGY secretary Dr Steven Chu addressed the issue of climate change and the urgent need to move to carbon-neutral energy sources at a lecture series in Dublin.

The Nobel Laureate delivered the inaugural lecture at the Dublin City University's Nobel Lecture Series at the Helix yesterday.

Dr Chu won the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in developing a technique to cool down an atom to a very low temperature in order to trap and manipulate it with light. He was appointed to his current position by US President Barack Obama in January 2009.

The lecture, entitled: 'A Random Walk in Science from Laser Cooling to Global Warming' covered Dr Chu's Nobel Prize-winning research and his current focus on climate change and renewable energy.

Dr Chu has become an outspoken advocate for the need to move to carbon-neutral energy sources, and the need for the technologies that can allow that to happen.

Irish Independent

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