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Published in 2017
There are many benefits to using renewable energy resources, but what is it exactly? From solar to wind, find out more about alternative energy, the fastest-growing source of energy in the world—and how we can use it to combat climate change.
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Published in 2012
How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire country's worth. In this pragmatic talk, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options ... and explains why we should pursue them anyway.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2013
The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some...
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2014
Solar power is cheaper and more sustainable than our current coal-fueled power plants, so why haven't we made the switch? The real culprits here are the clouds, which make solar power difficult to control. Alexandros George Charalambides explains how solar towers and panels create electricity and...
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2013
In this brief talk, Saul Griffith unveils the invention his new company Makani Power has been working on: giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2013
Fresh water accounts for only 2.5% of Earth's water, yet it is vital for human civilization. What are our sources of fresh water? In the first of a two part series on fresh water, Christiana Z. Peppard breaks the numbers down and discusses who is using it and to what ends.
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Published in 2017
Forests cover about 30% of the planet, but deforestation is clearing these essential habitats on a massive scale. What is deforestation? Find out the causes, effects, and solutions to deforestation.
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View videos about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and response to environmental damage.
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Photo albums and Archives of PDF Presentations from Nevada's Bureau of Mines and Geology
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By TED-Ed
"Energy is neither created nor destroyed -- and yet the global demand for it continues to increase. But where does energy come from, and where does it go? Joshua M. Sneiderman examines the many ways in which energy cycles through our planet, from the sun to our food chain to electricity and beyond....
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The National Water Information System (NWIS) provides map-interface access to data at over 1.5 million water-monitoring sites.
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NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resource.
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Today's world faces complex problems. We all need to work together to manage the Earth's natural resources wisely. More scientists and engineers will be called upon to find the answers we need, especially in the mining industry since it supplies the world's mineral products. There are literally...
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We can learn where the electricity that we use every day is made. See the whole process up close, from coal to current. After taking the tour, you can enjoy the Interactive Power Puzzle. The Worksheets are designed for in-class practice and reinforcement of key concepts.
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This series of PowerPoints and hands-on activities is designed for teachers to use in their classrooms to help discuss the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Teachers can decide which activities and topics to include, download the appropriate PowerPoint, and then modify the PowerPoint according to...
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Published in 2012
Explore the long-term environmental effects posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as a means of extracting natural gas with Marcellus Shale Deposit in NY, PA, WV, and MD.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2013
Biofuels can provide energy without the reliance on environmentally harmful fossils fuels -- but scientists are still searching for a plentiful source. Craig A. Kohn demonstrates how cellulose, the naturally abundant tough walls of plant cells, might be the solution.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2014
How could you dispose of your cooking oil when you're done cooking? The easiest thing to do might be to pour it down your drain -- but if you save it up and send it to a processing plant, it can gain useful new life as biodiesel, a biodegradable energy source which can run in diesel engines instead...
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2016
The Earth intercepts a lot f solar power: 173,000 terawats. That's 10,000 times more power than the planet's population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2017
"Deep underground lie stores of once-inaccessible natural gas. There's technology, called hydraulic fracturing, or """"fracking,"""" that can extract this natural gas, potentially powering us for decades to come. So how does fracking work and why is it a source of such heated controversy? Mia...
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