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NYAS and TNC Present-"The Limits of the Planet: A Debate"

  • Mar 21, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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We will be attending a New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and the Nature Conservancy panel.  To attend this event you must also register directly with NYAS by clicking here.

Have human activities pushed Earth’s resources and ecosystems close to the breaking point? Is massive environmental and social disruption just on the horizon? Can science provide us innovations that will allow the planet to overcome many biophysical constraints and keep growing? Leading scientific figures debate whether the best path to sustainability is by stressing limits or innovation.

*Reception to follow.

Moderator David Biello

Scientific American

Speakers Peter Kareiva, PhD

The Nature Conservancy

Linus Blomqvist

The Breakthrough Institute



Subway Options

2, 3 to Park Place
A, C to Chambers Street
E to World Trade Center
R to Cortlandt Street
4, 5 or J, Z to Fulton Street

PATH to World Trade Center

Bus Options
M1, M6, M20, and M22 to Chambers Street


Registration Pricing Member $0 Student/Postdoc Member $0 Nonmember $20 Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed this discussion! Here are some of the interesting facts I noted:
    40% of US corn went to ethanol production, using 1/3 of synthetic nitrogen, while only supplying 1% of US energy
    If US stopped ethanol production and cut back on meat consumption to what doctors recommend, it would reduce nitrogen use in the US by 2/3 and solve the nitrogen pollution problem while allowing plenty left over to send to Africa to help those who need it.
    20% crop reduction and 66,000 premature deaths each year in the US because of nitrogen pollution
    Climate change has made the Hudson River more sensitive to nitrogen pollution than in decades past
    Current US, China, India plans for increases in biofuels production would require a[masked]% increase in land devoted to agriculture. This simply can't be done.

    March 21, 2013

  • Cathy

    So sorry last minute work came up, please look for familiar faces

    March 21, 2013

  • Thurston C.

    never been to one of these. Guess I will find out

    March 20, 2013

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