Energy and Resources

In this collection of presentations, interviews, and resources we consider the management of the resources that are necessary for modern life. We examine our resources in terms of the issues that we must resolve and the innovations that are being introduced from many areas of science and technology.

Cooler Smarter

A co-author of the new book from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes how individuals can substantially reduce their carbon footprints while creating a healthy lifestyle...

Energy Revolution!

Conversion to wind and solar power is possible now in the U.S.

Fracking: The Facts and Issues

A panel of experts presents the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking

"Green" Batteries for Renewable Energy: How About Rhubarb?

The great potential of ordinary plants in the development of "green" batteries

Innovations in Clean Water Technology

Desalination offers a solution to the water shortage problem...

Power Plants and the Freshwater Crisis

The cooling systems of power plants use an enormous percentage of our diminishing freshwater supply. What's the solution?

Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications

Why public acceptance of wind power can differ from one community to another

Renewable Energy Progress --Despite Resistance from the Fossil Fuel Industry

What we can do to speed up the transition to renewable energy, despite Big Oil's well funded resistance

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

Materials scientist Javier Fernandez discusses the "plastisphere" crisis and how it motivated the development of biodegradable "shrilk."

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

How university educational outreach programs encourage high school students' interest in science

Solar Energy the Third Way

Efficient production of solar energy with solar thermo-electric generators (STEGs)...

Solar Thermoelectric Alternative Energy

A nanotech innovation to improve solar energy...

The D-Lab at MIT: Engineering by and for Developing Nations

An award-winning MIT lab engineers practical necessities for impoverished nations

The D-Lab at MIT: The People's Engineering Team

The award-winning D-Lab's unique approach to improving lives in the poorest nations

The Push for Renewable Energy

An author-activist urges public engagement to ensure the transition to renewable energy