Curt Stager, an ecologist and science journalist, believes that biobutanol, a fuel similar to that in cigarette lighters, could be used for aviation in the future. Stager, who blogs about alternative fuel and other environmental topics, believes climate change is very real and is searching for solutions.
¿[Biobutanol is] more suitable for aviation than ethanol, which offers only modest energy outputs, isn’t fully compatible with existing internal combustion engines, and corrodes the pipelines it travels through,¿ Stager writes.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, Stager will use geological data to address ¿Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global Warming.¿ His presentation is from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ursa Major, Bronco Student Center and is part of the First Year Experience program.
¿I would hope that as people learn more about environmental issues you realize that we are all responsible and need to live in such a way to make things better,¿ says Victoria Bhavsar, member of the First Year Experience committee and program coordinator of the Faculty Center.
Stager¿s talk ties into the climate change book ¿Eaarth¿ by Bill McKibben, which first-time freshmen are required to read as part of the First Year Experience program. In the fall, a speaker panel delved further into the topic.
¿One of the core values of Cal Poly Pomona is environmental sustainability,¿ Bhavsar says. ¿We thought that was a really important topic for students to focus on as they begin their higher education.¿
Stager holds a doctoral degree in biology and geology from Duke University. He has taught marine ecology in the Caribbean, North Carolina, and Maine. In addition, He has published more than three-dozen peer-reviewed articles and has contributed to National Geographic and NPR.
For more information about the First Year Experience, visit www.cpp.edu/~academic/fye/.