Move from outer elements of sustainability--such as solar energy, ecocities, and organic agriculture--to inner dimensions of sustainability: spirituality, holistic health, and well-being. Learn what faith-based organizations have to say about sustainability, investigate meditation, and delve deeper into the Slow Food Movement.
Energy is the strongest force in the universe. But where did it come from? This program covers the origins of energy, energy through the ages, physical and chemical changes, and the definition of energy. We’ll also explore energy in different forms, including fire and its discovery, calorific energy, the invention of machines, petroleum, windmills, photosynthesis, the Sun, energy reserves, and mechanical, electrical, and luminous energies.
This program examines the urgent need—not only in the U.S. but across the world—for sustainable energy; it also illustrates how new power production methods are becoming a reality. Alternative energy trendsetters are featured, including Time magazine “Hero for the Planet” Geoffrey Ballard, who explains his hydrogen fuel cell innovations. Evergreen Solar vice president Mark Farber describes his company’s advanced solar cell production methods and its mission to provide access to energy in the developing world—a goal shared by the Solar Electric Light Fund, says executive director Bob Freling. In addition, Rocky Mountain Institute founder Amory Lovins promotes the benefits of small solar power plants, and economist Hazel Henderson explores the potential of wind energy. (28 minutes)
Discover what makes electricity such an attractive vehicle for energy. Learn how electricity can come from oil, coal, solar, and other forces, and how electricity travels through wires with the help of voltage. Also, examine recent advances that make it easier for us to choose where we source our electricity.
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Modern Marvels: Renewable Energy
Call Number: TJ808 .R46 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Explains how air, water, earth, and fire are transformed into clean, reliable sources of heat, electricity, and even automobile fuel. Looks at a solar roof implementation by FedEx at a regional sort facility in Oakland, Calif., a wind power project in central New York using fewer, larger turbines, and the widespread use of geothermal energy in Iceland. Visits Lovecraft Biofuels in Los Angeles, an auto repair shop that converts diesel car and truck engines to run on one hundred percent vegetable oil. Examines the potential use of hydropower from ocean tides, such as tidal barrages, as well as a tidal stream (or flow) power project off the shore of England that uses propeller-like turbines to capture the kinetic power of underwater currents.
Earth: a New Wild
Call Number: QL85 .E37 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Takes a stunning new look at our wild planet by turning the cameras around to show the world as it really is, with humans in the picture. Dr. M. Sanjayan journeys to the frontiers of where man and animal meet to discover how our relationship with the greatest natural history events on the planet can provide a key to preserving our present and enriching our future.
Africa: Eye to Eye With the Unknown
Call Number: DT14 .A47 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Africa is a six-part series that will amaze and awe with stunning photography and truly moving stories of survival on the continent with the most diverse animal life anywhere on our planet.