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Year by year, the evidence of global warming mounts, ratcheting up the threat of catastrophe. Some practical-minded scientists are looking for shortcuts to curtail soaring temperatures. One scheme is to cool the planet with artificial volcanoes. Jeff Goodell wrote about this in his recent book "How to Cool the Planet." On today's episode of NRG with MG, KDNK's Marilyn Gleason begins by asking Jeff Goodell to retrace his path from a previous book on coal, to writing about geo-engineering.
Harvard scientist Daniel Nocera has focused his life's work on discovering and unleashing the secret energy system of plants. His Artificial Leaf mimics nature to release hydrogen from water in a repeating cycle, which can be used to heat or power vehicles. Today on NRG with MG, Daniel Nocera tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how he imagines photosynthesis revolutionizing how we use energy.
AREDAY founder Chip Commins says bringing industry to the table is a priority for solving energy problemsAugust 12, 2013
Aspen plays host to American Renewable Energy Day later this week and its daunting schedule of speakers, panels, films, and free public events. The list of topics and guests is broad, like the energy system itself. Now 10 years old, AREDAY is a homegrown event. This week on NRG with MG, Marilyn Gleason caught up with AREDAY founder Chip Commins for a preview.
Much has been written and said about Randy Udall since he perished unexpectedly in June while hiking. Two days earlier, the local energy expert sat down for his last long conversation with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason. That talk ended with big ideas: whether renewable energy could run America, where we're succeeding and failing and how Randy found hope for the future.
Temperatures across the West sizzled last week and over the weekend. In May, it was big news when NOAA announced that atmospheric Carbon Dioxide had passed a milestone of 400 parts per million. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason and Carbondale energy expert Randy Udall are back on NRG with MG to explain what this really means.
Carbondale was built on coal, and remnants of a once-thriving coal industry are scattered from Redstone to New Castle to Elk Run in Basalt. A drive to Paonia affords dramatic views of three large coal mines' operations while some say there is a war on coal.
Climate change has given the black rock a black eye, and the industry is suffering as power plants switch to cheaper, cleaner natural gas. This week on NRG with MG, energy guru Randy Udall is back for his monthly appearance to talk with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason about coal – starting with its local history.
Remember the stimulus package? Pitkin County collaborated with Gunnison and Eagle Counties to haul in almost $5 million federal dollars. Since then, the three counties have shared the money to make energy efficiency improvements possible for residents in their homes. The community office for resource efficiency, or CORE, administers the Energy Smart program in the Roaring Fork Valley.
On this episode of NRG with MG, Pitkin County Program Manager Tyler Ruggles tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how locals can get those federal dollars into their homes before most of the money runs out later this year.
An upcoming Colorado film festival will explore climate solutions with a symposium that kicks off three days of films about mountain sports and mountain life. Telluride Mountainfilm tours the U.S. and brings a mini-festival to Aspen each year. Inspired by a variety of events, from Superstorm Sandy to scorching temperatures across the U.S. and collapsing ice in the Arctic, this year's Moving Mountains Symposium features a full day of experts looking for solutions to climate change.
On this episode of NRG with MG, festival director David Holbrooke tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason why climate change heads the agenda at a film festival in the Rockies.
Carbondale energy expert Randy Udall is back today to reflect on climate change, which he admitted last month now looks more threatening than Peak Oil or any other challenge related to energy. For the last month, NRG with MG visited with filmmakers and photographers using their art to portray climate change. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason begins by asking Randy Udall about the art of climate change.
Photographer and filmmaker David Breashears has looked down at the rest of the world five times from the summit of Mt. Everest. He filmed and helped direct and produce the IMAX film "Everest" as catastrophes unfolded around him--events later documented in the bestseller "Into Thin Air."
Today his non-profit Glacier Works seeks to meld adventure and photography into new awareness of threats to the planet, especially from climate change. Through Glacier Works, David Breashears' large-scale pictures of Himalayan glaciers came to the Aspen Institute last summer with the exhibit "Coal + Ice." This week, NRG with MG looks again at the art of climate change, as KDNK's Marilyn Gleason speaks with David Breashears.
Breashears' gigapixel image of the Mount Everest basecamp has garnered 500,000 hits and an interview on NPR--you can see the image that caused all the internet commotion by clicking here.