September 2010

James Letz: The Future of Cars and the Auto Industry

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The Future of Cars and the Auto Industry

James Lentz, President/COO, Toyota, USA, Inc.

Toyota is known for creativity and a commitment to sustainable development, but is it enough in today's ultra-competitive globalized car industry? Come hear the unique perspective of industry veteran Lentz, who launched the innovative Scion brand in 2001, on what automakers are doing to ensure vehicles are a benefit, not a burden, to society and what future designs may be on the horizon. Read more »

India: Deal Maker or Deal Breaker?

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India: Deal Maker or Deal Breaker? Read more »

Lester Brown: Saving Civilization Is Not a Spectator Sport

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Saving Civilization Is Not a Spectator Sport

 

Lester Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute

 

Brown sees concern in the merging of world food and energy economies. Putting corn ethanol in gas tanks and grain-intensive food (beef) into more human bellies will drive up commodity prices and exacerbate fresh water scarcity. Though he believes the Earth is under stress, Brown is hopeful, in part because for the first time since the Industrial Revolution we have begun investing in energy sources that can last forever.

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Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse

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David Orr, Professor, Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College

Due to our refusal to live within the Earth’s natural limits, we now face a multitude of problems that will have a severe negative impact on human civilization. Orr, an expert on environmental literacy and ecological design, further argues that political negligence, an economy driven by insatiable consumption and a disregard for future generations are only adding to our plethora of environmental challenges. Read more »

Stephen Schneider: What’s Science Got to Do with Climate Change?

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What’s Science Got to Do with Climate Change?


Stephen Schneider, Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Stanford


Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One


What risks does the changing climate pose to the global economy and how can we manage those risks? Rather than betting so much on a cap-and-trade regime for carbon pollution, Schneider says policymakers should fund more research to invent our way to a greener economy. Read more »

Henry N. Pollack, Ph.D: A World Without Ice

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A World Without Ice: Man’s Impact on Climate Change


Henry N. Pollack, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics, University of Michigan Read more »

Vinod Khosla: Forecast or Invent Our Energy Future?

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Forecast or Invent Our Energy Future?

 

Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures; Former CEO, Sun Microsystems

 

Predictions of peak oil and resource scarcity are driving investments in new energy and technologies. What will determine the winners and losers? What policies are needed to drive innovation and send proper price signals? Are incremental solutions such as hybrid vehicles helpful, or does the climate challenge require huge breakthroughs at the system level?

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Global Warring with Cleo Paskal

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Global Warring

 

Cleo Paskal, Consultant, U.S. Department of Energy
Associate Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London

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Fossil Fuels + Dependence = Security Risks?

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Fossil Fuels + Dependence = Security Risks?

 

Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, United States Navy, Retired

 

What do military officers think about the United States’ reliance on oil? One group of retired brass concluded that it threatens economic stability and national security. Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (retired) says the 12 people studied scientific data and energy models for more than a year and concluded that the Pentagon should clearly integrate energy and climate change into its strategy and operations. What's that mean? Read more »

Is Your God Green?

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Is Your God Green?

 

Reverend Sally Bingham, Interfaith Power and Light
Senior Rabbi Stephen Pearce, Temple Emanu-El

 

What would Jesus say about climate change? What does the Torah say about stewardship of God's creation? Leaders from different religious traditions discuss how their respective philosophies and scriptures guide their approach to today's energy challenges. They'll also address how congregations around the country are getting involved in the movement to build a cleaner energy future.

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