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A reality check on renewables – David MacKay A simple and smart way to fix climate change | Dan Miller | TEDxOrangeCoast Alisa Miller: The news about the news Climate Change Is Simple – David Roberts Remix – NORSK TEKST Climate Change Is Simple – David Roberts Remix Change the Rules of the Game: Gunter Pauli at TEDxMaastricht How bad is it really? Nuclear technology — facts and feelings: Sunniva Rose at TEDxOslo 2013 How the oceans can clean themselves: Boyan Slat at TEDxDelft Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes Renewable Energy: Is the Future in Nuclear?: Gordon Aubrecht at TEDxColumbus Research and do it yourself | Britta Riley | TEDxManhattan Soil carbon — Putting carbon back where it belongs — In the Earth | Tony Lovell | TEDxDubbo Take a street and build a community: Shani Graham at TEDxPerth How We Showed the Oceans Could Clean Themselves – Boyan Slat on The Ocean Cleanup The reality of climate change | David Puttnam | TEDxDublin Why I don’t care about ‘Climate Change’ | David Saddington | TEDxTeen Thorium: Kirk Sorensen at TEDxYYC Tim Jackson: An economic reality check What if climate change is real? | Katharine Hayhoe | TEDxTexasTechUniversity Why we can’t shop our way to a better economy: Stacy Mitchell at TEDxDirigo Al Gore: The Case for Optimism on Climate Change (TED 2016) The Story of More: Richard Heinberg at TEDxSonomaCounty How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment | Michael Shellenberger How We Can Make the World a Better Place by 2030 | Michael Green | TED Talks Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis Planetary Initiation‏: Daniel Pinchbeck at TEDxSanMigueldeAllende Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming | Nick Hanauer Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer “Rich people don’t create jobs” Bananas in heaven | Yuval Noah Harari | TEDxJaffa A New Story of the People: Charles Eisenstein at TEDxWhitechapel TEDxNewHaven – Charles Eisenstein – The Gift of Happiness A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead Why the Rich are Getting Richer | Robert Kiyosaki | TEDxUCSD Can Art change the World? | Zena El Khalil | TEDxHyderabad TED – Bhutan’s Gross Domestic Happiness and environmental initiatives TEDxHalifax – Silver Donald Cameron – Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness What Matters in Bhutan: Siok Sian Pek-Dorji at TEDxThimphu What if the common good was the goal of the economy? | Christian Felber | TEDxVienna Zero Waste is not recycling more, but less | Bea Johnson | TEDxMünster How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment | Michael Shellenberger TEDxEQCHCH – Helena Norberg-Hodge – The Economics of Happiness The silent drama of photography | Sebastião Salgado A young inventor’s plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

Al Gore: The Case for Optimism on Climate Change (TED 2016)

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In his latest TED talk, Al Gore, founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, poses three questions that will determine the future of our planet – and why there’s good reason to be optimistic.

Under the rubric “Ideas worth spreading,” each year, the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference brings together a collection of the world’s most compelling, surprising, and original thinkers to connect and explore the themes, factors, and forces shaping our world today – and pointing to our world of tomorrow.
The theme of this year’s conference in Vancouver, British Columbia – which ran February 15—19 – was “Dream.” TED curators invited Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore to headline the “Nightmares” session. But instead of focusing exclusively on the terrifying aspects of climate change, former Vice President Gore turned the topic on its head, outlining why he’s optimistic and why – even in the face of rising seas and melting glaciers – we can dare to dream of a safe and sustainable future planet. Here are three ideas worth spreading from the talk.

1. DO WE REALLY HAVE TO CHANGE?
The challenge came first. Each day, manmade greenhouse gas pollution traps the same amount of heat energy as would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs. This trapped heat is warming the oceans and increasing the water vapor and energy in our atmosphere, leading to stronger storms, more extreme floods, increasingly long droughts, and other results he characterized as “a nature hike through the Book of Revelations.”

2. CAN WE CHANGE?
Fortunately, we’ve already started to change. Renewable energy is growing exponentially. In fact, its growth has significantly beaten expert projections time and time again. And the cost of solar energy has come down around 10 percent every year for the past 30 years. With all this expansion, the renewable energy transition could very well be the biggest business opportunity in the world right now.

3. WILL WE CHANGE?
This question is up to us – all of us – right now. In December 2015, 195 countries approved the Paris Agreement on climate change and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It was truly a breakthrough after decades of failed attempts. And around the world, from China to India to the US, countries are adding more and more capacity in renewable energy (in fact, 69 percent of new electrical capacity added in the US last year came from renewables). The change is happening – what’s up to us right now is how long we take to get there.

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