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Published January 12, 2010, 07:35 PM

UMC Professor Attends Climate Conference

A University of Minnesota, Crookston professor recently returned from the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

A University of Minnesota, Crookston professor recently returned from the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. The climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark got a lot of attention around the world.

Professor Daniel Svedarsky was one of thousands at the conference, including more than 100 heads of state. He represented The Wildlife Society.

Svedarsky says, “It was one of the highlights certainly of the last ten years of my career.”

Svedarsky says one of the things he enjoyed most at the conference was meeting people from all over the world and seeing how they conserve energy.

“There are people who live, for example, within three feet of sea level who have a whole different view of climate change because they can see and visualize very easily what a sea level rise of three feet would do to how they make their living and feed their families,” says Svedarsky.

While at the conference, Svedarsky also spent time in nearby Malmo, Sweden. Malmo is one of the most sustainable cities in the world.

Svedarsky says, “About one-third of their crops are rapeseed, which is a source of biodiesel feed stock, and they use as biodiesel to power their tractors and some of their cars.”

Svedarsky says a lot of the things they're doing in Sweden could save us energy in the Midwest. Svedarsky hopes to bring back the ideas he gained at the conference to those in the area.

“It was a very eye-opening experience...to see things that are being applied and actually work that we're just now kind of envisioning and thinking about the possibilities. I mean they're doing it now,” says Svedarsky.

Svedarsky had to apply to go to the conference before last July, and thousands who applied were not allowed in.

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