Even if regional transportation becomes more efficient, people and goods will still need to travel the world. The final episode of E2 Transport looks at new technologies and policies that could offset the aviation industry's substantial greenhouse gas emissions.
Thanks to a progressive public transportation portfolio that includes train, streetcar, bus and aerial tram, Portland has become a global model of transit-oriented development (TOD).
In 2003, the city of Seoul took a rare step ‘back in time’, demolishing a major downtown freeway to uncover and restore the ancient Chonggyecheon stream that once flowed beneath it. An impressive feat of engineering, the project re-purposed nearly 75 percent of the dismantled highway material for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the stream’s banks and commercial corridor.
On tonight's episode of E2: Transport our food systems, the way we produce, transport and consume food and the subsequent effect on our environment is explored. Agriculture is responsible for the reshaping of our landscapes and the balance of the species, it also contributes significantly to climate change.
Paris is one of the most visited cities by tourists in the world, but also suffers from some of the worst pollution in the European Union. Seven years ago Parisians turned their attention to the environment and their goal is to reduce car traffic in the city by 40% by 2020. Priority is given instead to public transport and other modes of environmentally friendly transport, such as bike riding.
The new six-part series, e2 transport is an enlightening and critically acclaimed PBS series narrated by Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Brad Pitt, about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically.
Renewables, biofuels, solar, wind and other energy sources may be alternatives to fossil fuel, but it is impossible to ignore the ubiquity of coal and the power capabilities of nuclear, despite their many drawbacks. These controversial resources may be major players in a sustainable energy future, however, thanks to new developments in carbon capture and sequestration and improved nuclear technologies.
Could California's progressive energy policies spearhead a nationwide shift toward cleaner energy? The remarkable laws that California has passed under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to regulate greenhouse gas emissions perpetuate the state's reputation for environmental leadership across the country, and potentially the globe.
In response to the oil crisis of the 1970s, Brazil created a domestic ethanol industry that is now thriving on all levels, from production, to distribution at gas stations, to nationwide adoption of flex-fuel cars. This episode examines what we can learn from Brazil's extraordinary success with ethanol, and whether other countries could follow suit.
In America alone, nearly 70 percent of oil consumed is by the cars we drive. Can efficient automobile design mitigate the environmental damage caused by our beloved cars? General Motors unveils The Volt, a super-hybrid vehicle, and the fuel cell-powered Sequel, while technology firm Fiberforge shows off the latest in ultra-light materials for car manufacturing.
A cleaner energy future depends, in large part, on responsible energy consumption in the developing world. Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Shakti organization in Bangladesh distributes small solar systems and portable bio-gas systems to rural Bangladeshis, empowering women and the poor in the process.
To coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference, SBS brings you this special energy series all this week. Episode one looks at farmers in Minnesota who have united in using locally produced and locally owned wind energy as a cash crop. In the absence of a strong renewable energy policy at the federal level, the state government plays a key role in wind policy, begging the question: Will the rest of the U.S. follow Minnesota's lead?
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