Wednesday, May 12, 2010

In the Year 2300

Today, Sheila Cheng (now with Asia e University) submitted an abstract for presentation at the Fifth SMU EDGE Conference in Singapore. Organized by the SMU EDGE Interest Group-Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University, this conference embraces the subject of Entrepreneurship, and the theme is “Bridging the Gap: Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice”. Like last year’s conference paper that I was involved in, this is also a collaborative effort involving Dr. Cho-Cho Wai, KY Leong, myself and of course, Sheila.

A solar eruption is captured from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – AFP Pic

Well, it would seem that sooner or later, we will have to pay a heavy price for the longstanding abuse that we have inflicted on our planet. Climate change could make much of the world too hot for human habitation within just three centuries, research published in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and released May 11, 2010 showed.

The study conducted by scientists from Australia’s University of New South Wales and Purdue University in the US – which examined climate change over a longer period than most other research – looked at the “heat stress” produced by combining the impact of rising temperatures and increased humidity.

Researcher Professor Steven Sherwood said there was no chance of the earth heating up to seven degrees this century, but there was a serious risk that the continued burning of fossil fuels could create the problem by 2300.

For a person like me who cannot take the heat (and I mean this in a literal sense!), I am glad I won’t be around then!

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