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Red Power Energy

"Uniquely intimate, provocative and told from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, Red Power Energy is a multi-media documentary that combines engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Featured are Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. From tribes mining coal, drilling oil and fracking natural gas to a coalition of tribes and individuals building sustainable wind farms and small scale residential solar, an engrossing story emerges that showcases America's indigenous population reclaiming their right of self-determination. From a historically passive role in mineral extraction that frequently left their resource-rich reservations either leased out for pe [...]
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Gifts From the Earth [electronic resource]

Explains how the theory of plate tectonics has revolutionized the search for the earth's mineral and energy sources. Examines the formation of mineral deposits, their interest and importance to humanity, and the methods by which they are extracted from the earth. Explores black smokers (hot springs), soil and food, the formation of fossil fuels and oil production. Questions how long the earth's resources will last.

Sun and Seasons [electronic resource]

Discusses how light energy from the Sun is absorbed all over the Earth. Examines how the transformed energy heats the Earth unevenly, causing seasons.

Water Is for Fighting Over [electronic resource]

Along the parched California-Nevada border, various groups with compelling yet competing interests claim the water of the Truckee River Basin. The burgeoning Reno-Sparks area needs water to sustain the community, but high levels in a local reservoir are destroying the cui-ui fish of a local Paiute tribe. Farmers need irrigated water for crops, but the government seeks water further downstream for a wetlands area. These conflicts illustrate how scarce natural resources can shape a community.

Industrial and Sustainable Farming [electronic resource]

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the agricultural industry today is feeding the world's rapidly growing population while also caring for the environment. At the center of the challenge is the tension between sustainable and more mainstream industrial farming practices. This video looks at ecological problems caused by farming which relies on pesticides, hormones, and heavy mechanization. The program also assesses the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable alternatives. Interviews with a vegetable farmer, an organic winemaker, and an environmental scientist explore issues at the core of agribusiness while touching on innovative ideas and ongoing technological changes in farming practices around the world.

Solar Power [electronic resource]: World's Toughest Fixes, Season 2

Grab your sunglasses: we're going to harness the sun to drive two new solar reflective power towers in the United States. This show is definitely not for the superstitious as master rigger Sean Riley joins a crew lifting two 65-ton boilers 160 feet up to two towers and suspending them above 24,000 mirrors - completing America's first large scale solar power tower. Pioneering science in the race to compete with fossil fuels, this project may redefine solar energy and promise a bright career for all of these engineers. But expectations are high and the crew is learning as they go. Weeks behind schedule, the plan is constantly changing. As if things weren't stressful enough, the sea of mirrors always looms and the threat of being cooked alive. One slip up and it's going to be way more t [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Damian Palin - Mining Minerals From Seawater

The world needs fresh water - so much so that more and more, we're pumping it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing TEDtalk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Garth Lenz - the True Cost of Oil

What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project-and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat. Lenz' touring exhibition, The True Cost of Oil, has played a major part in the fight against Alberta Tar Sands Mining.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: David McKay - a Reality Check on Renewables

How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the U.K.? An entire country's worth. In this pragmatic TEDTalk, information theorist and computer scientist David MacKay walks viewers through the basic mathematics that reveal worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options...and then explains why we should pursue them anyway.

Conducting a Home Energy Audit [electronic resource]

A professional energy audit is essential to transforming an older residence into a fuel-efficient home. The procedure lets homeowners know how quickly they are consuming energy and which parts of the dwelling need improvement to keep utility costs down. This program covers the step-by-step process of performing a home energy audit and gives details about the specific techniques and tools needed for the job. From assessing the building envelope to inspecting HVAC/R systems and major appliances, then making recommendations for the most commonly-needed improvements, the video informs viewers while providing helpful tips along the way.

Installing a Solar Electric System [electronic resource]

Solar electricity is a top choice for providing clean energy, and thanks to lower prices in getting a system up and running, consumer demand for this alternative keeps rising. This program explains exactly how to install a solar electric system, with segments on determining where to place the panels or modules; proper installation of both the mechanical and electrical components; testing the system, including grounding and voltage; and what to review with the homeowner in terms of the system's operation and maintenance. The video also advises on OSHA safety regulations for rooftop and electrical work, and offers smart building tips to increase the system's efficiency.

Installing a Solar Hot Water System [electronic resource]

A solar hot water system is an eco-friendly, cost-efficient alternative to gas or electric heaters, and with a conventional heater as a backup, can provide hot water even on cold, cloudy days. After a brief overview, this program explains the process of installing an active solar hot water system. Viewers learn the specific tools, hardware, plumbing, and electrical components needed, how to test the system, and key points about its operation to discuss with the homeowner after installation is complete. The importance of setting up a safe, OSHA-compliant jobsite is also covered, and smart building tips are offered throughout.

Upgrading a Forced Air Furnace [electronic resource]

Because heating and cooling utilizes the most energy in a home, one of the best decisions a homeowner can make to improve efficiency and lower bills is to upgrade these systems. This program lets viewers know how to install a new residential forced air furnace, with segments on disconnecting and removing the existing unit, inspecting and testing components, and details of the actual installation - all with an eye toward safety. Information is also given on putting in a digital thermostat, adding a humidifier and HEPA filter, and testing the entire system once it's complete. Smart tips are offered throughout, and the video closes with suggestions for homeowner training.

Air Sealing and Insulating [electronic resource]

Besides helping a house use less energy, properly-installed insulation means greater comfort and less noise. This program explains insulating and air sealing as part of a new home build, and also as a retrofit to an existing home. Beginning with the establishment of energy goals, the video takes viewers through the process of choosing the right kind of insulation, evaluating and accessing current insulation on a retrofit, locating and sealing leaks, and installing different types of insulation, including spray foam, fiberglass batt, and blown-in loose-fill, with safety always in mind. Verifying the installation with a blower door test and reviewing results with the homeowner is also covered, and smart building tips are provided throughout.

Zeitgeist [electronic resource]: Moving Forward - Resource-Based Economy

This program presents a possible solution to the growing social problems in the world today: the social concept known as a resource-based economy. A part of Zeitgeist: The Series.

How Is Science Pursuing New Energy Technology and Alternative Energy Sources? [electronic resource]

The global demand for energy is ever-increasing; however, the ability to fairly meet this demand now and in the future is rapidly diminishing. This episode tackles the pressing issue of what can be done to break away from dependence on imported liquid transport fuels. Viewers will find out what research scientists in New Zealand are doing in the field of new energy technology and what discoveries have been made in their search for alternative energy sources.

Transition to a Global Green Economy [electronic resource]

Generating jobs at three times the rate of the conventional sector, green investments have been a boon not just to the health of the planet but to that of the economy. In this program Alisa Gravitz, co-founder of the ethical consumerism group Green America, speaks with Hazel Henderson about environmentally sustainable economic models. Gravitz warns of a bursting "climate bubble" along the lines of the tech and housing bubbles-especially if the U.S. continues to rely on a fossil fuel-based mono economy-and also describes Green America's "break up with your mega-bank" campaign, its Green Business Network, and the Green Pages, all aimed at promoting small, socially-conscious businesses.

More Than a Box With Windows [electronic resource]: Schluter Headquarters-a Case Study in Green Design and Construction

Building green: that was the goal of Schluter, a company specializing in tile installation systems. It wanted its new Canadian headquarters to be low impact, energy efficient, comfortable to work in, and a showcase for tiles. This documentary narrated by energy conservation specialist Jon Eakes explores the science that went into the design and construction of the award-winning, LEED Gold-certified building while explaining why the integration of green systems is essential to making an office that is ecologically responsible. "A common misconception about sustainable design," says Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine, "is that it may be complicated, or that it is not worth the investment. However this project clearly proves that intelligent, environmentally aware decisions ca [...]

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Going to Jail for Justice

During the closing weeks of the Bush White House, environmental activist Tim DeChristopher protested the auction of drilling rights to publicly owned Utah wilderness. After disrupting the proceedings by taking part in the bidding-a unique form of dissent-he was arrested for criminal fraud, found guilty, and sentenced to two years in federal prison. In this edition of Moyers & Company, DeChristopher joins Bill to talk about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for justice, how his jury was ordered to place the strict letter of the law over moral conscience, and the future of the environmental movement. DeChristopher is cofounder of the grassroots environmental group Peaceful Uprising.

Is Nuclear Power Safe? [electronic resource]

When reactors at Fukushima Daiichi went into meltdown following Japan's devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the world once again began to question the safety of nuclear power. But is such distrust justified? In this program, physicist Jim Al-Khalili explains why he is convinced, at least theoretically, of nuclear power's value. Al-Khalili travels to Fukushima, Chernobyl, and reactors in Finland to see if nuclear power can work as well in practice as it does on paper - even after political and economic factors come into play.