Read & Watch

Books and Videos on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living

Alternative Energy For Dummies by Rik DeGunther

Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate by Vaclav Smil

Renewable Energy: A First Course by Robert Ehrlich

Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future by Godfrey Boyle

Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Energy Change edited by Roland Wengenmayr and Thomas Bührke

Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy by Jeremy Shere

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air by David J. C. MacKay

Catherine Mohr: The tradeoffs of building green

Why watch it: Humurous, informative, and thought-provoking talk about a geek’s attempt to build a green energy house. As Catherine Mohr says, “…it’s sometimes the things that you are not expecting to be the biggest changes that are.”

Donald Sadoway The missing link to renewable energy

Why watch it: Renewable energy is a myriad of complex ideas and innovations that continue to evolve over time. In this talk, Donald Sadoway discusses what seems to be the missing link in green energy. Best quote: “We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap.”

Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

Why watch it: This sort of serves as a reality check, which can be both grim and yet full of hope at the same time. Here, Paul Gilding asks questions and provides answers that can be scarty. But on the flipside, it presents possibilities on how to deal with the potentially catastrophic consequences.

Tshering Tobgay: This country isn’t just carbon neutral — it’s carbon negative

Why watch it: What makes a country carbon neutral? Watch Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay talk about the Kingdom of Bhutan which is carbon negative. He also shares about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness and efforts to preserve its environment.