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A Danger on the Rails from the The New York Times
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A Danger on the Rails | Op-Docs | The New York Times
This short documentary warns about the dangers posed by trains that transport explosive oil across North America. It features Paul Gallay of Riverkeepers and Published on Apr 22, 2015
Produced by: Jon Bowermaster  Read the story here.
EarthSayers Roger Downs; Paul Gallay
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Energy and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities by Dr. Steven Chu
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Dr. Steven Chu discusses climate change, new pathways and opportunities to renewable energy, and the challenges the country faces. 


Dr. Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. Prior to his role at Stanford, Dr. Chu served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama from January 2009 until April 2013. 

As the longest serving Energy Secretary, he began several initiatives including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy), the Energy Innovation Hubs, and the Clean Energy Ministerial meetings. 

Hosted by the Public Management and Social Innovation Program at the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, the Conradin von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture on the Environment is an annual event that was established by members of the Stanford MBA Class of 1987 in memory of their classmate who had a special commitment to preserving and protecting the Earth's resources.Published on Jun 4, 2014
EarthSayer Dr. Steven Chu
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Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind and Solar Power? with Dr. Steven Chu
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Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind and Solar Power? Dr. Steven Chu who served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 21, 2009, to April 22, 2013.

During your time at the Department of Energy the deployment of renewable energy in the U.S. doubled. Is the fall in fossil-fuel prices killing the business case for renewables?

The decline in fossil-fuel prices does have some effect, but remember that 78 percent of the economies of the U.S. have state-mandated renewable portfolio standards. They require that a specified fraction of electricity must come from renewable energy. For example, in California the goal is 33 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Right now renewable electricity is roughly 13 percent of total electricity generated in the U.S. Half is hydropower and the other half is mostly wind energy, with some solar, biomass and geothermal. Renewable energy costs have come down significantly. Even if natural gas, which is the cheapest form of electricity generation today, stays at $4 per million Btus [British thermal units], wind without subsidy is almost as inexpensive.

Electrical generation in the sunnier parts of the U.S. is also approaching equality with a new natural gas power plant. The cost of wind and solar is anticipated to decline for at least a decade or two. Perhaps in a decade, renewables will be competitive with any new form of energy in many parts of the U.S. Published on Mar 8, 2015
EarthSayer Dr. Steven Chu
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Contamination of Ecuador's Rainforest: The Chevron Tapes
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Published on April 8, 2015
In 2011 Amazon Watch receiveda mysterious package from a Chevron whistleblower. Chevron which bought Texaco in 2001, has just been found guility of one of othe worst environmental disasters in Ecuador's Rainforest.
These are video tapes of Chevron consultants trying to find uncontaminated soil and water with not much success. 

Ver en español aquí: https://youtu.be/8VKX2yD2slM

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The History of Fracking by Russell Gold
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Fracking for oil and natural gas is transforming the way America powers its economy. The flood of low-priced natural gas has undercut new nuclear plants and nudged utilities to pull the plug on old ones. Cheap gas also has stolen market share from coal and also hit renewable sources of power such as wind and solar. Now the fracking bonanza is spreading to China and beyond. With the US poised to become the world's largest petroleum producer in a few years the world's new energy equation could undermine OPEC and profoundly alter the geopolitical balance of power. Russell Gold's new book "The Boom" illustrates Texas oilmen and Oklahoma wildcatters who developed and perfected hydraulic fracturing technology that ushered in a new era of American industry. In this video, Gold gives a brief history of the origins of fracking, and how the industry got to where it is today. Speaker: Russell Gold, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Author, The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World This program was recorded before a live audience on April 1, 2014.
To order his book from Amazon, click on the image, or visit your local bookstore.

Published on Apr 9, 2015


EarthSayer Russell Gold
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Sustainability for All: by Jonathon Porritt at TEDxExeter
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Sustainability for All: by Jonathon Porritt at TEDxExeter (June 7, 2013)

Jonathon Porritt, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.  He is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, the UK's leading sustainable development charity.
He is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Sustainability Programme, was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90) and co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83). In 2009 he stood down as Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.

EarthSayer Jonathon Porritt
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Think Big: Mega Trends in Sustainability
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Introduction by Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres.

From the rapid depletion of natural resources like water to increased energy demands to growing public awareness of climate change impacts, sustainability mega-trends expose businesses to risks - yet they also offer tremendous opportunities. Addressing these trends will require profound shifts in the way investors and businesses plan, operate and compete in the global economy.

More companies tying compensation into sustainability goals as sustainability becomes mainstream.

Published on May 13, 2014

Hear from Paul Gilding (Environmentalist and Author; Former Executive Director of Greenpeace International),
Mary O'Malley (Vice President, Environment and Sustainability, Prudential) and Andrew Winston (Author of 'The Big Pivot') from the opening plenary at the Ceres Conference 2014 held in Boston on April 30

EarthSayers Paul Gilding; Mindy Lubber; Mary O'Malley
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Oil Prices and the 'Spectrum of Pain'
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Oil Prices and the 'Spectrum of Pain' | The New York Times
With the price of crude oil plummeting more than 50 percent since last summer, a look at why some countries are faring much better than others. Published on Jan 29, 2015
EarthSayer Quynhanh Do
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Length unknown Keywords SustainabilityMember of Special Collection Transforming Our Economy More Details
Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak by Max Wilbert
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Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak On Melting Ice and Global Impacts. This film by Max Wilbert brings you the voices of climate scientists - in their own words.

Rising temperatures in the Arctic are contributing the melting sea ice, thawing permafrost, and destabilization of a system that has been called "Earth's Air Conditioner".

Global warming is here and is impacting weather patterns, natural systems, and human life around the world - and the Arctic is central to these impacts. Published on Aug 1, 2014
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Scientists featured in the film include: Jennifer Francis, PhD. Atmospheric Sciences
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University; Ron Prinn, PhD. Chemistry
TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Natalia Shakhova, PhD. Marine Geology International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska-Fairbanks; Kevin Schaefer, PhD. Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center; Stephen J. Vavrus, PhD. Atmospheric Sciences Center for Climatic Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Nikita Zimov, Northeast Science Station, Russian Academy of Sciences.; Jorien Vonk, PhD. Applied Environmental Sciences Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University; Jeff Masters, PhD. Meteorology .Director, Weather Underground

EarthSayers Jennifer Francis; Max Wilbert; Nikita Zimov
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The Grid of Tomorrow by 24 Hours of Reality
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In hour 4 of 24 Hours of Reality we learn how the grid of tomorrow is already becoming more efficient and more reliable, a big step toward sustainable energy for all.Published on Sep 17, 2014

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