"It Is Not Hopeless," says World's Chief Climate Scientist
IPCC | Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
Climate MADness (It is NOT A GIVEN that we will survive)
Because of climate change, some coastal villages and small
island nations are already disappearing under rising seas.
And don't think that, just because you live in the
heartland, you and your descendants are safe: Researchers at
Purdue University and the University of New South Wales in
Australia have calculated that, if average global
temperatures were to increase by about 7 degrees Celsius
(which is conceivable within this century, in the absence of
strong mitigation measures), humans in some regions would no
longer be able to dissipate body heat quickly enough to
survive. With warming of 11 to 12 degrees Celsius --
entirely possible if emissions continue -- most of the
places where humans now live would become uninhabitable.
Renewable Energy Sources
Wind Power in Iowa
MidAmerican Energy aims for 85% Wind Power
Global Status of Wind Power
Apple's Solar Power Plants Igniting U.S. Clean Energy Economy
Supervisors take first step toward solar farms in Story County
Solar Energy - Ames Iowa
Convert the sun's energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it
With electrons flowing freely through the nanoparticle and
the tether stabilized, Meyer's new system can turn the sun's
energy into fuel while needing almost no external power to
operate and releasing no greenhouse gases.
Materials called transition-metal carbides have remarkable
properties that open new possibilities in water desalination
and wastewater treatment
Lockheed Martin: Compact Fusion Research & Development (4 min)
The compact size is the reason that we believe we will be
able to create fusion technology quickly. The smaller the
size of the device, the easier it is to build up momentum
and develop it faster. Instead of taking five years to
design and build a concept, it takes only a few months. If
we undergo a few of these testing and refinement cycles, we
will be able to develop a prototype within the same five
Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?
Charles Chase on energy for everyone (14 min)
The Solution to Climate Change Right Under Our Feet
New report spotlights how healthy soil takes CO2 out of the
atmosphere to where it helps build climate resiliency.
Healthy soils fed through organic agriculture practices,
like polycultures, cover crops, and compost, give soil
microbes the ability to store more CO2. Not only that, the
report states, healthy soil can better weather both drought
and floods because its structure allows it to act like a
sponge. And healthy soil means better crop yields.
The Science of Soil Health (3+ min)
Climate Change Cuisine: It's What's for Dinner
Living in Ames, Iowa, Steven Cannon is no stranger to the
Midwestern potluck. Instead of a potato-chip-capped
casserole, however, Cannon serves up "potato beans" fried in
duck fat or simmered in south Indian spices. Either way, he
says the smooth-textured starch, hinting of boiled peanut
flavor, is always a hit.
Ed Mazria at Greenbuild 2013 (35 min)
In a riveting Master Series presentation to a packed house
at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia, Architecture 2030
Founder and CEO Ed Mazria delivered the blueprint for
creating a world that is sustainable, resilient, accesses
renewable resources, meets the 2030 Challenge targets.
Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities
The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) is a
campus-wide effort at the University of Iowa to enhance the
capacity of Iowa's communities to address the economic,
environmental, and social-cultural issues they face today
and build a more sustainable future.
Physicist turned carbon-catcher
Al Gore: The case for optimism on climate change (25+ min)
Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this
spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the
man-made forces threatening to destroy our planet -- and the
solutions we're designing to combat them.