July 2006

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HPIn Europe: My slow awakening to climate change

Over the past three weeks, after attending two conferences, I feel that I've crossed a threshold of understanding – as Europeans did in 1938 or early 1939. After a decade of warnings, they realiz..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past three weeks, after attending two conferences, I feel that I've crossed a threshold of understanding – as Europeans did in 1938 or early 1939. After a decade of warnings, they realized the horror that was upon them. They woke up to World War II. I woke up to climate change. Like many people, I've been vaguely anxious about global warming for 10 years. I've nevertheless managed to file my concern away, as if for a rainy day when I might take out my gathered good causes and do something about them. But at the recent Barcelona conference, organized by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IchemE), a decade's anxiety reached new depths. Later, in London, I got an update on c

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