Energy & Atmospheric Chemistry
This seminar will investigate the substances produced by humans that deplete the ozone layer and lead to climate change, and the connections between scientific discoveries in atmospheric chemistry and public policy decisions. Beginning with the discovery that man-made ozone-depleting chemicals were causing an ozone hole to develop over Antarctica, we will look at how the products and energy we produce alter the chemistry of our atmosphere. In tracing the history of atmospheric science, we will examine the public policy response to these findings, such as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which has been ratified in by 197 countries, and the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which has been signed but not ratified by the United States. Finally, we will visit the Jersey Atlantic Wind Farm and Solar Project to look at the ways in which modern technology can help protect the atmosphere.