NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "How long before the world runs out of energy resources?" by T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:              How long before the world runs out of energy resources?


Speaker:            T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj

                          Associate Professor, Energy and Environment Research Programme, NIAS



Chairperson:     Raman Srikanth

                          Head, Energy and Environment Research Programme, NIAS



Date:                 9th May, 2018


Time:                 9.30 am


Venue:               JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS



Abstract: The spectre of energy resource depletion has surfaced at various times in history whenever a new mineral energy resource captured a significant market share and experienced an exponential growth. This question was raised in the context of wood resources in Ancient Greece, coal resources in nineteenth century Britain, uranium during the twentieth century, and oil at recurring intervals. King Hubbert’s controversial 1956 paper accurately predicted that peak production of conventional oil for contiguous United States will occur about 1970 and follow an irreversible decline modeled by the bell-shaped Gaussian curve. Since then Hubbert’s analytical method has been used by the cornucopian and neo-Malthusian camps to reinforce their respective positions on energy resource availability. This talk will review Hubbert’s peak oil theory and examine its relevance for the future production of various mineral energy resources in the context of population growth, economic development, and environmental sustainability.


About the Speaker: T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj is an Associate Professor in the Energy and Environment Research Programme of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). His research and teaching interests include energy policy, science and technology policy, and civilian and military uses of nuclear energy. Before joining NIAS, he was a faculty member at the Lee Kuan Yew School of National University of Singapore from 2005 to 2014. He received his PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a research associate at the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security from 1999 to 2005. Dr. Rethinaraj also worked as a science correspondent for the Indian Express in Mumbai from 1995 to 1999. He obtained a master’s degree in physics from Bharathidasan University in 1995, and was a visiting fellow at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, University of Chicago in 1999. He was recently a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.


All are cordially invited



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Wednesday, May 9, 2018