About a year ago I began looking into programs for environmental science and public policy. When I first began on this journey I was shocked to see have many major universities have one or the other but only about 25 have developed programs that are... Read More
Global warming has, in part, been responsible for the near collapse of the cultured pearl industry in Japan. Japanese production of pearls in 1966 was 230 tons, today it's 12 tons.
Japan is where pearls were first cultured in the early 20th century... Read More
Most problem solving start with establishing certain criteria, so why not do the same with evaluating alternative energy sources?
Here are, in my opinion, the three main criteria to evaluate alternative energy:
1. It should not impact public health... Read More
I've heard this multiple times over the years and agree wholeheartedly with it. Changing out light bulbs with compact florescents doesn't do a thing to deal with the lifecycle issues associated with florescent bulb waste and recycling... and that's... Read More
Planet Forward Host Frank Sesno travels to the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) to find out, what is a Sky Trough?
Utility-scale parabolic trough solar concentrators harness the sun's energy to make steam for electricity generation. The thermal... Read More
Our host, Frank Sesno, visits the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) to check out a Prius they've retrofitted to be a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The cars are charged by solar panels in their parking lot.
NREL's plug-in hybrid electric vehicle... Read More
Michael Mann is a climatologist in the meteorology department at Penn State University and the director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. He wrote a chapter in the IPCC report, and is credited as one of the creators of the famous “... Read More