Last week we spoke about the prospect of decentralized energy systems supplying clean electricity to the developing world with Daniel Kammen, a UC Berkeley Professor. This week on Sea Change Radio, the second part of that discussion. Then, we learn about vampire electricity and the latest home efficiency innovations from Alan Meier, a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
How easy it is to take our electrified world for granted. Right now about 1.2 billion people or about 20% of the global population live without access to electricity. These people can’t read at night, or power their phones to communicate or conduct crucial e-commerce. What if that 20% could access energy, though? How transformative could that be for those 1.2 billion lives? But wait, would that mean a corresponding 20% hike in greenhouse gas emissions? Continue reading
The California Condor may not be the prettiest of endangered species, but that doesn’t make it any less important to the ecosystem. Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio is Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society, which has been working tirelessly to bring the California Condor back from the brink of extinction, only to encounter another barrier: lead ammunition. Continue reading