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Title Catalyst: Geoengineering/Future Car/Western Waves/Forensic Scientist
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Summary Can and should we engineer our climate?; the stackable concept car of the future; how waves feed Western Australian reefs; and catching criminals with forensic science.GeoengineeringYou could think of it as fighting pollution with pollution: combating global warming by deliberately releasing sulphate particles into the sky. While carbon emissions warm us, sulphates could cool the planet. Many consider the idea of engineering our climate as a dangerous way of avoiding our responsibility to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Others have seen it is a convenient way of tackling global warming without adversely affecting the economy. Now, one of the world's most prestigious scientific institutions, The Royal Society, says geoengineering should be investigated. They recommend that a number of options, from artificially fertilising the oceans to creating synthetic trees, be assessed for their potential benefits, dangers and costs. Graham Phillips travels to Europe to investigate this highly controversial movement in climate change science.Future CarBill Mitchell of MIT, Boston, has been working on a new future in urban transport - a radical technology that could change the way we drive. Bill and his team at MIT, have been working on collapsible, stackable electric vehicles that owe their flexibility and cheapness to a revolutionary new drive system known as in-wheel motors. Jonica Newby takes a prototype for a spin and becomes the first Australian to test ride a bicycle powered by the same technology.Western WavesOcean waves contain truly awesome power. Storm swells can do terrible damage to our beaches and coastal eco-systems. But, waves also play a positive role in sustaining sea life. Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman takes us below the surf to find how the waves of coastal WA feed life among the reefs. Forensic Scientist Dr James Robertson is the man in charge of Australia's real life CSI. As Head of Forensics for the Australian Federal Police, he has seen the department grow from modest beginnings to a multi-site, multi-discipline department. And, he takes great pleasure in catching criminals with science
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-03-25 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Climatic changes -- Environmental aspects.
Electric vehicles -- Research.
Greenhouse gas mitigation.
Marine resources conservation.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ocean waves -- Analysis.
United States.
Western Australia.
Form Streaming video
Author Babcock, Russ, contributor
Chin, Ryan, contributor
Gebald, Christoph, contributor
Haigh, Jo, contributor
Lourey, Martin, contributor
Meerman, Ruben, reporter
Meier, Anton, contributor
Mitchell, William J., contributor
Newby, Jonica, reporter
Phillips, Graham, host
Robertson, James, contributor
Symonds, G. (Graham), contributor
Vanderklift, Mat, contributor
Wurzbacher, Jan, contributor