Carbon Play: The Candid Observations of a Carbon Pioneer

Carbon Play: The Candid Observations of a Carbon Pioneer

by Robert William Falls

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Carbon Play: The Candid Observations of a Carbon Pioneer by Robert William Falls

An insider’s look at the complex, inspiring and surprisingly entertaining world of international negotiations, technology and diplomacy relating to the carbon industry, environmental management and climate mitigation.

Carbon Play follows Robert Falls’s unique and extraordinary journey in the worlds of academia, politics and corporate “big energy.” With a career that began in marine biology and fisheries management, Robert became a respected environmental professional dealing with national energy and climate policies, frequently meeting with renowned thinkers such as Freeman Dyson, Arthur C. Clarke, David Suzuki, Patrick Moore and Al Gore in a quest to deal with the gaping chasms between climate science, political governance and global energy interests.

From his position at the crossroads of science, the energy industry, the environmental movement, government policy, and carbon trading, Robert Falls has written 15 entertaining and enlightening stories that will be enjoyed by those with an interest in the environment who seek fresh perspectives and insights not normally found in books dealing with climate change or environmental issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771602198
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. Robert William Falls, Ph.D., R.P.Bio., co-founded ERA Ecosystem Restoration Associates Inc. in 2004 and served as its CEO from 2004 to 2011. Dr. Falls has a strong history in the field of climate change, developing and managing projects in China and domestically for corporate clients. He serves as chairman and a director at ERA Ecosystem Restoration Associates Inc. and Era Carbon Offsets Ltd., and is a senior adviser to the GLOBE Foundation of Canada. He founded and chaired the Greenhouse Emissions Management Consortium (Gemco), and the Sustainable Development Council for Canada's largest integrated gas company. Since 2004 he has been an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Robert lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 13

1 From Monks to Scientists, 1977-1979 17

2 Gone Fishin', 1979-1982 31

3 Playing in God's Kitchen, 1983-1990 49

4 Into the Fire, 1990-1997 65

5 The Greenhouse Emissions Management Consortium (GEMCO), 1994-1997 83

6 China: Technology Transfer & the Buddha's Finger, 1997-2003 105

7 Carbon and the Oceans, 1999-2012 117

8 The Millennium Odyssey, 2001 135

9 "Build It and They Will Come… Eventually," 2003-2011 143

10 Weiβe Cowboy-Stiefel (White Cowboy Boots) in the Yukon, 2009 151

11 Lunch with Al Gore and "The Colossal Blunder," 2008-2015 157

12 Audacity: Founding the Markit International Carbon Registry, 2009-2010 163

13 The Big Island of Hawaii: "Garden of the Goddess," 2010-2011 173

14 Carbon from Space, 2002-2017 181

15 Return to the Salish Sea, 2014-2016 189

Epilogue - Carbon in Balance, 2016-2017 199

Glossary, Acronyms and Abbreviations 211

Notes 231

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