SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. The annual Operation Sierra Storm Meteorologist Conference kicked off in South Lake Tahoe Thursday.
Nobel Prize winner and climate expert, Chris Fields kicked off the conference with his arguments for moving us towards green energy. 2012 was one of the warmest years on record,
Fields won the award in 2007 for his work on the issue of climate change. With 2012 being one of the warmest years on record, Fields outlined ways we could begin to make to move towards more green energy.
"I think people need to understand that climate change is a consequence to things we do in everyday life," he said.
The award winning scientist made his first appeal to the people who are looking to make the green.
"There's just amazing opportunities out there for business developers who want to look at new efforts in solar energy and wind energy," Fields said. "I see climate change as presenting new business opportunities instead of challenges."
Some of those opportunities is investing is solar and wind energies.
Another option on the table, electric cars. Though some criticize the cars for the negative environmental cost of developing batteries, Fields says electric is our future.
"Electric transportation is going to be important," he said. "We have some work to do to develop environmentally responsible storage systems for the cars whether they be batteries, fly wheels or fuel cells."
But his ultimate goal is to drastically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our air.
"What we really should be doing is moving to a situation where the people, the companies that are causing the damage are paying the cost. If we have a price on carbon, it will create an incentive that would to move away from the gasses."
Reducing CO2 would also have a great impact for Reno. While not eliminating inversions, Fields says a reduction in the gas would make inversion days, like the ones the city just had, less toxic for our lungs.