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Energy and environment, intertwined problems

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Pedro Gómez Romero

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  1. Pedro Gómez RomeroPedro Gómez Romero

    Pedro Gómez Romero (Almansa, Albacete, 1959) es Profesor de investigación del CSIC en el Centre dInvestigacions en Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, de Barcelona, de reciente creación. Doctor en Ciencias Químicas por la Universidad de Georgetown en Washington. Centra su trabajo en la investigación básica y aplicada, así como en la divulgación científica.

    Una de las principales aportaciones del grupo de investigación que dirige ha sido la concepción y síntesis de nuevos materiales y el desarrollo de dispositivos y materiales para conversión y almacenamiento de energía. Ha sido galardonado con el Premio Internacional de Ensayo "Esteban de Terreros" (FECYT) (2006) por su libro Un Planeta en busca de energía.

Our preferred species, that which call itself intelligent, has been inhabiting the planet for tens of thousands of generations. But it has only been eight generations, after someone Watt perfected the machine designed by Newcomen, since the Homo sapiens learned how to use the energy of the sun, condensed in the shape of fossil fuel to feed a social metabolism that has not ceased to grow since then. Our irrational and excessive energy consumption and our addiction to fossil fuels (which represent 85% of the energy we consume) are leading us to a slow but irremediable unprecedented double crisis cause by the intertwined problems of energy and environment.

This conference will analyze the interrelation of the energy consumption and the environmental problems, and, due to the lack of magical solutions, will review some of the actions that should be started and the possible alternatives to our energetic model.