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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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This interactive map allows the user to search for mineral resources across the world.
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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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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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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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This visualization includes a series of flow charts showing the relative size of primary energy resource and end uses in the United States for the years 2008-2012.
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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 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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"MSHA is pleased to bring you this feature as part of the Mine Data Retrieval System. What we are doing is providing you with another way to search for mines. The search may be as simple as a search for all mines in a particular state by commodity or by state, county and then by commodity, or by...
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"More people are using energy every day, and there are fewer resources to go around. We need to make the energy sources that we have last, and get more energy from sources that never run out. Scientists and engineers are working hard on many ideas for clean energy! How can power plants be cleaner...
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Published in 2004
In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to take a virtual tour around a ground-based operation and an offshore drilling site whereby they can become familiar with how oil is extracted and processed.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2017
Our ability to mine great amounts of energy from uranium nuclei has led to bill nuclear power as a plentiful, utopian source of electricity. But rather than dominate the global electricity market, nuclear power has declined from a high of 18% in 1996 to 11% today. What happened to the great promise...
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This infographic map from the CIA World Fact Book shows the top valued exports from each country.
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Published in 2016
In this YouTube video, a DOE project officer speaks to high school students about efforts to lower the energy usage in their school buildings. This video is part of the DOE's EnergyTalks presentations, providing in-depth explanations of programs by energy specialists.
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View energy statistics on the United States and its territories.
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Join Echo Earth on a field trip as we delve deeper into food and water issues surrounding its production. We will visit two very different farms: one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. Together we will explore the differences in their climate, agricultural practices, natural resource...
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