Monday, March 14, 2016

Powering the Future - Leading the Charge

Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the future of Alternative Energy with the fourth and final episode of the four part documentary series “Powering the Future” hosted by M. Sanjayan.

In this final instalment of the series, “Leading the Charge” we meet an unlikely cast of characters and companies that are leading the charge in an energy sea change.

The United States Navy, the Peoples Republic of China and even the Empire State Building or for that matter your next-door neighbour are leading the innovative charge in energy technologies. “When it comes to energy, these unlikely forces are slashing their carbon footprints and propelling the new economy.

But it's happening around the world faster than in the United States of America. From highly efficient wind turbines to cutting-edge solar cells, the U.S. has an unprecedented track record for discovering the technologies to break our fossil fuel addiction, but rather than developing and employing them on her home shores, the United States has developed a knack for giving these cutting edge technologies away.

This series follows the search for a single, clean energy source that will eliminate society's need for fossil fuels. Dr. M. Sanjayan, lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy, looks at how the abundance of the planet's energy fuels every aspect of life on Earth. From wind, water, the sun, volcanoes, and hurricanes, to the smallest cells to the tallest trees, Earth has the natural energy to power the planet, but humans are not using it. What can humans learn from the creation of the natural world that will help create energy? The program examines promising technologies in the fields of synthetic biology and geoengineering. 

Powering the Future is available on DVD from the Discovery Channel's Online Store

Powering the Future Episode Four: Leading the Charge

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