America’s oil industry is terribly misunderstood. When a lot of people hear “364 pipeline spills in 2012” they think it’s a big mess, like a nearly realized advent calendar of crap. What they fail to see is a revolutionary energy distribution system about to achieve NATIONWIDE COVERAGE. And remember, that’s not just gas or oil…
By Nafeez Ahmed / Guardian: Root-cause environmental and energy factors sparking violence will continue to destabilise Arab world without urgent reforms The civil war in Syria has been devastating, generating a death toll fast approaching 100,000, while uprooting millions of civilians from their homes. But as the US and Russia signed an unprecedented accord on Wednesday in search…
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.
A short animation detailing the effort of billionaires oil barons Charles & David Koch to undermine belief in climate change and prevent legislation that threatens their profits. By pouring money into bogus scientific studies and funding third parties such as Think Tanks and Front Groups (posing as everything from Seniors groups to Women’s groups) the…
There are some laws that Congress can change. The laws of nature aren’t among them. While lobbyists continue to call for more and more “second” opinions, Sheldon points out to his colleagues that the scientific community is solidly behind the fact that climate change is a real threat. In addition to subscribing to Senator Whitehouse’s…
Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.
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 government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Killed_the_Electric_Car
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…
This excellent documentary, directed by Dr. Richard Smith, was first broadcast on 24 May 2007 by ABC TV (Australia) and wan the 2008 Walter Sullivan Award for excellence in science journalism. You can buy the DVD or watch it with extras on this, also excellent, web page: http://www.abc.net.au/science/crude/ The Irony of Oil (taken from the above…
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.
A montage of videos from the Timeline project, assembled by TIME magazine.
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.