Understanding Global Climate Change
Steps to Reduce Climate Change


"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
  year timespan.

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.

Green Buildings
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.