Seeking gamers: Document power plants, fight climate change

By John Roach, Contributing Writer, NBC News: Sometimes, drinking a few beers after class can save the planet. A just-launched online “game” dreamed up during one such beer-drinking session aims to do that by encouraging people around the world to supply much needed data about the world’s power plants that burn fossil fuels.

While the general whereabouts of these plants is known, in much of the world details are fuzzy on the kind of fuel they burn and how much electricity they produce, explained Kevin Gurney, a senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University.

“My argument is that this is something that is actually locally known and so why not leverage that in a time in which social networks dominate our lives?” he told NBC News.

To do that, he and the students in his lab built Ventus, a website where anyone anywhere can enter what data they can about the world’s power plants including precise location, fuel type and electricity generation. The video below explains more about the project.

Who Killed The Electric Car (2006)


Who Killed the Electric Car? is a 2006 documentary film that explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the mid 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, the California governmentbatterieshydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Killed_the_Electric_Car

A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash (2006)

An award-winning documentary film about peak oil. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash explores key historical events, data and predictions regarding the global peak in petroleum production through interviews with petroleum geologists, former OPEC officials, energy analysts, politicians, and political analysts. The film contains contemporary footage interspersed with news and commercial footage from the growth heyday of petroleum…

Kevin Anderson on the Climate Crisis – Why 2.0C target?


Cabot Institute Annual Lecture 2012

Real clothes for the Emperor: Facing the challenges of climate change
Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University of Manchester

Cabot Institute, University of Bristol http://www.bris.ac.uk/cabot

 

Real clothes for the emperor
Facing the challenges of climate change

Download the presentation slide sheets here.

Why Climate Change Is Not an Environmental Issue


This video is to promote general awareness of the science of climate change. It was edited and narrated by @ryanlcooper, using illustrations from around the web. Find more of my stuff athttp://www.ryanlouiscooper.com. It was inspired largely by something David Roberts wrote: http://grist.org/article/2010-08-09-e… Find David at http://grist.org/author/david-roberts/ and @drgrist.

German climate talks: ‘Waiting not an option’ Merkel

DW: At Germany’s annual Petersberg climate talks, German Chancellor Merkel has called for a binding pact by 2015 to reduce carbon emissions. She said inactivity only increased the cost of combating climate change later on.

At Monday’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue, as the meeting is officially called, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an internationally binding climate pact to be completed by 2015.
“Doing nothing means that is will be much, much more costly for us all,” Merkel said at the start of the conference in Berlin, adding that she was under no illusions about the amount of work involved in such a pact but that “waiting is not an option.”

Getting rich off global warming

“Local officials and enviros are making plans for a post-global warming America. And so are profit-seeking companies.”

BY  / via Salon.com

On the opening morning of the inaugural National Adaptation Forum, I was eating breakfast at a stand-up table in the exhibition hall when a mustachioed man of middle age plopped his cherry Danish next to my pile of conference literature, a mess of pamphlets and reports with titles likeGetting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action, and Successful Adaptation: Linking Science and Policy in a Rapidly Changing World. The nametag dangling above the Danish identified the man as Michael Hughes, director of public works for the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. Like many attendees, Hughes was part of a new national emergency-response team without being fully aware of it. He had arrived in Denver knowing little about “adaptation,” the anemic catchall for attempts to fortify our natural and built environments against the epochal temperature spike in progress.

“I hadn’t even heard the term ‘adaptation’ a month ago,” he told me, taking a bite.