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April 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Invitation to a Special Event Workshop at Yale University 

Title: CAPTURE CARBON NOW. Meaningful Amelioration of Climate Change

Date: Friday April 27th 2018

Where: Yale University. Marsh Hall Rotunda. 360 Prospect St. New Haven Ct.

Cost:  There are no participation fees other then the cost of contributing to coffee breaks and a luncheon meal preferred your mode of transportation and hotel accommodations.

Please confirm attendance by contacting Sheila Murray on or before Monday April 23rd.

Invitation and Background

You are invited to participate in the “Capture Carbon Now” discussions scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018, starting at 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to be held in Marsh Hall Rotunda, Yale University, 360 Prospect St., New Haven, Connecticut, USA. This event is the latest in a series of events over the last 7 years hosted by the USACoR (USA Club of Rome), CACOR (Canadian Association for the Club of Rome) and the Mexican Association of the Club of Rome. This ongoing Dialogue among five (5)National Associations of the Club of Rome situated in the Western Hemisphere, was established in Ottawa in May 2001.

As you will see in the attached document outlining the Program for the event, speakers and participants will focus on ways in which “meaningful, natural, non-destructive actions can be taken to (capture carbon and thereby) ameliorate climate change.” 

Recognizing that the impacts of climate change are now major global issues seeking solutions, this action-oriented discussion is very timely.

Building on the success of previous discussions of strategic issues common to our Associations hosted by USACoR and CACOR in Ottawa, Yale University, New York City/United Nations and George Washington University, we are now ready for an update on shared concerns and action plans.

We look forward to hearing from you and sincerely hope that you can participate in these discussions at Yale University on April 27, 2018.

To register for this no-fee but pay your way event and for other information re travel and hotel arrangements, please contact;

Sheila Murray at r.g.murray@sympatico.ca or 613-224-4672  or

Madeleine Aubrey at madarte@sympatico.ca 

Best Wishes,

Sheila Murray

Partnership Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Club of Rome and COR Associations in Western Hemisphere: USA Club of Rome, Canadian Association for Club of Rome, Mexican Association Club of Rome. 

CAPTURE CARBON NOW. Meaningful Amelioration of Climate Change.

Workshop Leaders, Anitra Thorhaug , President USA Club of Rome, Sheila Murray, Past President Canadian COR and Past-member Executive Committee COR, Graeme Berlyn, Yale Forestry & Environmental Studies, Gerardo Gil-Valdevia, COR Executive Board, and President Mexican Association COR.,

CAPTURE CARBON NOW. What meaningful, natural, non-destructive actions can be taken to ameliorate climate change? We review and discuss biological, immediately implementable solutions for capturing carbon naturally. James Hansen of Columbia University and formerly of NOAA has calculated that restoring forests can lower future temperatures caused by excess carbon dioxide up to 2 degrees C. Hansen was present at and also said at the Club of Rome Amsterdam Carbon meeting prior to  the United Nations Copenhagen Accord that 25% of potential ability of sequestration was missing from his temperature calculations. He also allowed that the missing sector could well be wetland sequestration.

Nature herself has kept a carbon dioxide balance for millions of years. Since the industrial evolution and invention of motorized vehicles, the carbon balance in the atmosphere and oceans have changed due to the present excess of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere and partitioned into the sea. We now understand this imbalance creates a series of negative side-effects. The critical solutions frequently involve biologically storing the excess carbon into soils and into sediments or technically capturing carbon at the emissions source. Escape from biological storage and from engineered storage are important discussions presently.

Natural living ecosystems carbon capture participating in lower global temperatures act to permanently sequestering carbon into soils and sediments. The by-products of restoration to enhance habitats in terrestrial and marine shallow are very positive: improve ecosystems, bolster  biodiversity, create more fisheries, create more employment, and help water and soil sustainability and enhance shoreline stabilization.  In the past few decades it becomes clear that the global wetlands including marshes, mangroves and seagrass as well as tropical forests are the pinnacle of carbon sequestering plants. Put into an International Future’s newly modified model by Barry Hughes, working scientists will examine from each habitat’s perspective what is occurring and what can occur to sequester far more carbon.

Yale University. Marsh Hall Rotunda. 360 Prospect St. New Haven Ct.

 Friday April 27 1:00 to 5:30 pm 



Thorhaug, Anitra Club of Rome models, and their Climate Change implications. 

Berlyn, Graeme P. The short history of Marsh Hall and native Americans

Sheila  Murray. Introduction to Western Hemisphere working group. 


1:15- 2:00 Barry Hughes. Scenarios for Climate change future: MODEL BUILDING with “International Futures Model “.

2:00-2:30. Simon Anisfeld. Yale University.The Carbon of North American Atlantic Marshes.  Future potential restorations for carbon. 

2:30-3:00.  Peter Raymond. Yale University.  National Academy of Sciences. The fate of riverine carbon in North American estuaries and Riverine carbon role in Blue Carbon stocks. 

3:00-3:20  Break: Coffee , teas.

3:20-3:50 Ashton, Mark.  The Future of Restoration of Asian and Latin American Forests. Sri Lanka, China, India

3:50-4:20. Thorhaug, Poulos, Berlyn, Lopez-Portillo, Barr, Lara-Dominquez, & Ku. Blue carbon stocks in the Gulf of Mexico: Total marshes, mangroves, and seagrasses stocks and potentials for carbon sequestration.

4:30-5:15. Discussions of 1.)What would the elements of a North American Plan to biologically sequester carbon rapidly ? Asian? Latin American? 

2.) How is  maximum carbon sequester rapidly with tropical forests, wetlands and coastlines and what sites are most likely to be successful?   

3.) What kind of Model is needed to explain this to resource managers and the public.  

Rsvp . Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, treasurer USA COR.  (marilyn.mosley@gmail.com)

Biographies of speakers and discussion leaders. 

Barry Hughes .Director Pardee Center for international Futures, University of Denver. the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.Member Club of Rome. From his new modeling book. He will present “Chapter on Climate Change. Use of Predictive models for carbon relations “ which are divided in this model per nation, per region, per continent, or for globe. The Pardee Center for International Futures is a center for long-term, systemic thinking on political, economic, social and environmental issues. Hughes has spent the majority of his career developing the International Futures global integrated assessment model, which is a continuation of the systems theory of Mesarovic and Eduard Pestel, the second book of the Club of Rome in 1974. Mankind at the Turning Point. This model has been used by a wide range of international organizations and governments, including the European Commission, the National Intelligence Council, the United States Institute of Peace and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Simon Anisfeld, Yale University, Forestry and Environmental Studies. Anisfeld’s research aims to understand human impacts on wetlands and rivers in coastal watersheds. His goal is to carry out integrated research that is both scientifically challenging and relevant to management. Currently his research focuses primarily on the impact of sea-level rise (along with other stressors) on salt marshes – both negative (drowning) and positive (inland migration),marsh carbon storage relations on North American Atlantic Coast, and possibilities to store marsh carbon.

Mark Ashton. Yale University Forestry and Environmental Studies  Ashton conducts research on the biological and physical processes governing the regeneration of natural forests. His long-term research concentrates on tropical and temperate forests of the Asian and American realms. His field sites within these regions were selected specifically to allow comparison of growth, adaptation, and plasticity within and among close assemblages of species that have evolved within forest climates with differing degrees of seasonality. Findings from these studies have theoretical implications for understanding the maintenance of diversity of tree species in forested ecosystems and the adaptability of forests to change in climate. The results of his research have been applied to the development and testing of silvicultural techniques for restoration of degraded lands and for the management of natural forests for a variety of timber and nontimber products. Field sites include tropical forests in Sri Lanka and Panama, temperate forests in India and New England, and boreal forests in Saskatchewan, Canada

Peter Raymond. Yale University Forestry and Environmental Studies. Raymond’s research focuses on biogeochemistry of natural systems, specifically, the carbon and nitrogen cycles within aquatic systems. Research topics include the landscape controls on the watershed export of carbon, biogeochemical transformations in estuaries,  and determining the age and composition of carbon being transported from land to the ocean. This research often utilizes the watershed approach and natural isotopes to determine major sources, sinks, and ages of various carbon and nitrogen pools in the natural environment. How do rivers transport soil and forest carbon into the interfaces of estuaries.

Anitra Thorhaug, Yale University Forestry and Environmental Studies. Member Club of Rome. President of USA Club of Rome . President Greate Caribbean Energy & Environment Foundation (GCEEF.org.)Thorhaug’s research recently includes the realities of bolstering carbon in a global carbon hotspots around the tropical world. Seagrass is a specialty as well as mangroves, both bolstering carbon from restoration. She invented large scale seagrass restoration, and has 45 years of underwater sites still sustaining to show. Her recent workshops include Blue carbon in estuaries: mangroves, marshes, and seagrasses. Work at Yale has included spectral analysis of seagrass and macro-marine plants preparing for remote sensing imagery for detecting pollution, carbon, and health in tropical global seagrasses.

Claude Martin, Former Director World Wildlife Foundation. Chancellor International University, Geneva, Switzerland. Member Club of Rome. Where and why forests can be restored for sequestering atmospheric Carbon, stabilizing soil and ground water, and creating habitat.  IPCC flaws. true solutions in conserving and restoring carbon in natural, not crop-oriented tropical forests in Africa and Asia.

Discussion leaders 

Sheila Murray. Member of Executive Board Club of Rome, Past-President, Canadian Club of Rome, President of Sheila A. Murray & Associates Incorporated, Senior Consultant with Oakwyrt Holdings, Dean of Nursing Department at Queens College, Senior Government Official working with first families in the Arctic, and futurist. Sheila recently was member Executive Board Club of Rome.

Gerardo Gil-Valdivia. Executive Board of Club of Rome, President of Mexican Association of Club of Rome.  Attorney by training. Worked for decades in legal aspects of  International Banking in Latin America, Energy sector boards. Presently in Mexican government in Transparency and effective governance.

Graeme Pierce Berlyn. Berlyn’s interests are the morphology and physiology of trees,forests, and plants in relation to environmental stress. Leaves are the most responsive and vulnerable organs of trees, whereas blades are in Submerged aquatic plants. Berlyn studies the ways that leaf structure and function reveal the effects of environmental change such as global warming or altitudinal and latitudinal gradients. These studies can help determine the optimum range of habitats for individual species and thus be of use in reforestation. Some of the techniques used to study these problems are: light processing by leaves in relation to environmental factors as measured by chlorophyll fluorescence, photosynthesis, spectral reflectance, absorption, and transmission; and image analysis of leaf, whole plant  and tree structure. Berlyn has also pioneered in the development of organic biostimulants that can help plants resist insect, disease, and other environmental stressors while reducing fertilizer use. Berlyn focuses on how to measure the stress of plant life and also on how to ameliorate it.

Discussion and interaction section: 

General plan to move forward with Capture Carbon NOW as COR.

Carbon dioxide burned by fossil fuels creates emissions in air, which enters oceans, lakes and rivers. Plants absorb carbon dioxide but only before the industrial revolution were they in balance in carbon capture and absorption. When power plants, vehicles and fossil fuel burning  have over-powered plants’ abilities, at the same time plants’ were being simultaneously obliterated by powerful technologies of deforestation and filling of shorelines. We have within the last half century invented a wide variety of restoration techniques for plant systems. Hansen and others have calculated that planting forests can avoid the tipping point of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Blue carbon and peat and other carbon-rich soils hold keys to reversing losses and technologies have been created to rapidly reverse losses in specific places. The political will is missing. Can Club of Rome work along with other individuals as a catalyst to demonstrate Biological carbon capture solutions rapidly and well?  Can we act as a carbon capture central focus point for activities around the world? Can we be a megaphone for tried and true solutions for carbon capture? Roles in this new process to move forward with scrubbing the air are important and in need of catalytic groups to lead .

These concepts are a part of the solution along with minimizing usage of fossil fuels, switching to non-fossil energy sources, and capture of excess carbon dioxide at the source. These solutions are within the means and wanting a large comprehensive movement of citizens to carry them out.


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