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Plutonium: Nuclear vs. Geological Solutions

Rod Ewing talks about the future of nuclear energy and more importantly, nuclear waste and its disposal -- emphasizing that it is an issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. (January 24, 2011)

51mins

7 Feb 2011

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The Deepwater Horizon Accident: What Happened and Why?

Roland Horne begins the first of a series of two lectures discussing the oil leak that began on April 20, 2010. He discusses the technical aspects of the catastrophe by analyzing the engineering aspects of the incident. (November 16, 2010)

1hr 21mins

22 Nov 2010

Rank #2

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Visualizing the Environment: Mapping Data and Telling Stories in Journalism, Scholarship and Environmental Policy

The 2009 Risser Prize Winners, Hal Bernton, Justin Mayo, and Steve Ringman, will be joined by other experts for a public forum about the issues the article raised concerning data visualization techniques and mapping. (January 27, 2010)

2 Jul 2010

Rank #3

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Fueling the Future

A distinguished panel of Stanford experts discuss some of the issues and challenges we must address on the way to a new energy future. (January 20, 2009)

1 Apr 2009

Rank #4

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International Water

Water is essential to life and fresh water issues around the globe dominate the news, yet millions live without access to a safe and plentiful water supply. Experts will discuss pollution, droughts, floods, conservation and public health. (February 19, 2008)

8 Apr 2008

Rank #5

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The World's Water

Water is essential to life and fresh water issues around the globe dominate the news, yet millions live without access to a safe and plentiful water supply. Experts discuss pollution, droughts, floods, conservation, and public health. (January 22, 2008)

20 Feb 2008

Rank #6

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The End of Oil? Moving Towards Alternatives

Professors Lynn Orr, Gil Masters, Margot Gerritsen, and Jim Sweeney examine alternative sources of energy, including the energy savings that can be realized by conservation efforts. (March 7, 2006)

17 Jul 2007

Rank #7

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The End of Oil? Carbon, Climate, and Consequences

Stanford Professors Tabazadeh and Dunbar, and Lecturer Mastrandrea, present research on how solar radiation is captured in the atmosphere by greenhouse gases (GHG), how GHGs have been increasing, and why models suggest risks to humans. (February 21, 2006)

10 Jul 2007

Rank #8

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Made in China: Urbanization & Land Use

Stanford Professors Gary Ernst and Karen Seto, along with Project Director of the Natural Capital Project Christine Tam, characterize the topography of China, its geology, how land form has influenced China's development. (February 13, 2007)

19 Jun 2007

Rank #9

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Perspectives on the First Billion Years of History from Spacecraft Observations

Maria Zuber discusses the recent Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter and Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory NASA projects, which collect data on lunar topography and craters. (January 11, 2012)

1hr 10mins

15 Nov 2012

Rank #10