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Internet researcher targets climate

A Vernon lecture looks at greening the information age.

Bill St. Arnaud, former chief research officer for Canada’s Advanced Internet Development Organization, will speak Feb. 15 at 7:30  p.m. at Okanagan College’s Kalamalka campus.

“Information and communication technology has become the heavy industry of the information age,” said St. Arnaud.

“We need to find alternate solutions that enable ICT to become zero carbon immediately.”

St. Arnaud is now a green IT networking consultant who works with clients on the application of technology to research, education and Internet networks.

He also works with clients to develop solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We must now focus on how to adapt to a much warmer planet,” he said.

Energy efficiency is not enough. We don’t have enough time to reduce emissions of ICT through energy efficiency. Building zero carbon networks, data centres and computers will be our major task in the coming years.”

The Science in Society Speaker Series is a joint project of the Okanagan Science Centre and Okanagan College.

Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For advanced tickets and information, go to www.okscience.ca or call 250-545-3644.

 

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