What If We Burned ALL the Fossil Fuels? | Hot Mess 🌎

Buried beneath your feet are trillions of tons of dead plants and algae. Over millions of years, their carbon-rich bodies have been compressed under so much heat and pressure that they’ve transformed into energy-rich fossils. In fact, we call them ‘fossil fuels’ since we burn them to release their energy. But burning this coal, oil […]

UQx DENIAL101x Full interview with Michael Ranney

My name is Michael Ranney. I’m a professor here at the University of California at Berkeley. I tend to do research on things that basically are the intersection of three different realms: one realm is science cognition; the other one is about mathematical cognition, particularly numeracy; and, finally, I’m also interested in things that are […]

Using Space Mirrors to Cool the Globe | Hot Mess 🌎

Humans are running a dangerous experiment on our planet. We’re putting more and more carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere, which are trapping the sun’s energy, and lo and behold, our planet is heating up in response. To fix this, we could cut carbon dioxide emissions, but that’s been hard. What if there […]

Your Climate Change Conscience – feat. Al Gore

[PBS Bumper] [Intro] You know what’s fun? Puppies. Waterslides. Puppies on waterslides. You know what isn’t fun? Thinking about the climate change induced end of the world. And being told it’s your fault. And that the problem is so massive it’ll take all of humanity working together to avoid the collapse of basically everything we […]

Could Everyone Have Solar Power? | Hot Mess 🌎

Look around at houses these days and something might jump out – there’s a lot of shiny roofs! By the end of 2016 in the U.S., over 1 million homes had solar panels, with four times as many installed that year compared to just four years earlier. But if you don’t own the roof over […]

How Close Are We to Zero-Emissions Electricity?

We’ve all heard the statements and stats about the ominous timeline our planet is on. To avoid the worst effects of climate change––from natural disasters to mass extinction––we know that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And fast. And when we stop literally lighting things on fire to power our world, we can […]

Renewable energy is way too expensive, right?

– Renewable energy, it’s a nice fad but it’s way too expensive. What about poor people? It’s all very well for those rich movie stars to drive around in their fancy Prius’s and Teslas. But there’s a billion people in the world who don’t have access to energy of any kind. Are you telling me […]

Renewables: The Next Australian Jobs Boom

Electricity is needed every day. To be able to see in the dark, to eat dinner, to travel to work, to actually do some work, and sometimes to just chill out. Today when we flick a switch, 85% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels such as COAL OIL and GAS. Coal has powered […]

Why One Conservative Texas City Went 100% Renewable | Hot Mess 🌎

Imagine an American city that runs on 100% renewable energy. A town that’s completely given up on fossil fuels and replaced them with wind and solar What kind of town are you picturing? A big city, like San Francisco? A sunny, hip oasis in the desert? Maybe a progressive village in Vermont? What about a […]