The inaugural post for the Spotlight on Science Writers series comes from Terrie Williams, author of The Voyage of KP2.
At the "People, Prosperity and the Planet" (P3) competition, students presented solutions to complex environmental problems to a panel of expert judges convened by AAAS.
Fossil fuels provide about 80% of the world’s energy and, despite dire predictions since the early 20th century, supplies will not run out any time soon, according to speakers at a AAAS discussion on meeting global energy demand.
“Oil is good for 50 years at current consumption rates, [and] could be extended longer as you go to more difficult resources,” said Steven E. Koonin, under secretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy. “Coal—there are hundreds of years.”