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1 Global Warming and Florida; What you can do about it. UF, School of Building Construction August 29, 2002 Mark van Soestbergen International Carbon Bank and Exchange, Inc.

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3 Carbon Dioxide Catches infrared waves going into space Distance between C and O; just right to catch infrared waves.

4 Gasoline is 85.5% carbon 1 gallon of conventional liquid gasoline turns into 172 cubic feet / 4.87 cubic meters of CO 2.

5 125 gallon make one ton CO 2 1 ton of CO 2 easily fills up a 19,866 cubic feet / 556 cubic meters container.

6 10 ton CO 2 fills Florida Field 3 foot high Every year, the average person in the United States produces 20 tons of CO 2.

7 About 3Gt C are added every year

8 The Asian brown haze, a cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and dust that is 3 kilometers thick and now extends over 10 million square kilometres and covers large parts of South Asia, China and Indonesia. Researchers estimated that breathing New Delhi's air was the equivalent of smoking 20 packets of cigarettes every day. Copyright 2002 IPS-Inter Press Service

9 Notice the air over the Tibetan Plateau very clear. Most of this air pollution comes from human activities. The aerosol is notoriously rich in sulfates, nitrates, organic and black carbon, and fly ash. These particles represent a health hazard to those people living in the region, and have a significant impact on the region's hydrological cycle and climate. Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

10 Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE SeaWiFS Project,

11 Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGESeaWiFS Project,

12 Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE SeaWiFS Project,

13 Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

14 Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

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17 Climate Change changes everything More CO 2 changes plant behavior More CO 2 increases temperature of the atmosphere, the surface, the earths crust and the oceans Distribution of energy through currents on the planet Global hydro cycle; rain and moisture

18 The Coldest Areas Warm the Most

19 Summers will be real scorchers

20 Florida -Average temperature increase of 5 ~10°F -July temperature increase of ~ 15°F -Reversal of summer-wet, winter-dry -Change in soil / Fire risk -Vectors -Tropical diseases -Sea level rise -Intensive Storms -Will happen anyway

21 Impacts on: -Insurance -Agriculture -Health -Tourism -Tax Base -Economy

22 Florida +5meter, very likely unavoidable. Expected sea level increase 21 st Century: meter Courtesy: PBS

23 Much reduction is needed to reach stability Human emission rate in billion tC/yr t Equilibrium Latent atmospheric C is about 188 billion ton Emissions the earth absorbs in billion tC/yr

24 Climate Change: A hundred year problem Achieving carbon-neutrality (the switch to clean energy) = 30 years? Absorption of latent carbon (sequestration) 7% of planet surface = 150 years?

25 Possible Approaches The Big Picture The Big Picture Do nothing Strategic adaptation (we move!) Nuclear Renewable Energy Energy Efficiency Sequestration Price induced reductions International Carbon Trading

26 What can you do? Build Green Buildings! Lights vs Natural Light Solar Heating Solar Electricity Water and Rain Water Geo Cooling and Heating Air Delivery Energy Star Products

27 Buildings consume 1/3 of the energy in the U.S.

28 How much money and how many emissions since the delivery of Little Hall? What are the potential savings if it had been green? $2,458,539 24,716tCO 2

29 Little Hall used 967,700 gallons of water in How much water would it use over a hundred year period? 96,770,000 gallons If 10 tons CO2 fills Florida Field by 3 feet, how high would Little Halls stack of CO2 be? feet

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31 Annual budget vs electrical - UM 470million/6million = 1.3% - UCF 578million/9million = 1.6% - UF 1,857million/26million = 1.4%

32 UF is planning to grow by 16% over the next 10 years.. What are the potential annual GHG and dollar savings if all new buildings are Green and operate at 50%? 2001 = 264,000tCO = 307,000tCO2 BAU 1tCO2 reduction also saves $83 in MWh 21,000 tCO2 and $1,743,000 per year How much over a hundred years? 2,100,000 tCO2 and $174,300,000

33 Conclusion: Green Buildings save MONEY Green Buildings save the environment Green Buildings make for happy campers & increase productivity What will you be doing over the next few years? Make Green Buildings!!

34 U.S. commitment under Kyoto Regardless, somebody has to initiate action.

35 Links and Resources

36 Contact ICBE - Nice meeting all of you! Mark van Soestbergen tel fax Toward Climate Stability


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