Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO Regreening the desert with John 3 weeks ago   46:11

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It’s not in the papers but a silent revolution is moving across the world. Renewable energy is becoming cheaper than from fossil fuels. It means that progressively the choice for wind and solar energy is no longer an ethical one but an economic one. And this will speed up the transfer to renewable energy.

In countries like Brazil, Australia, Chile and parts of the United States people consider renewable energy because of financial reasons. The price of solar and wind energy will continue to drop and in more countries renewable energy will occur.

A surprising newcomer on the market is Morocco, where the government expects that in 2020 more than 40 percent of the energy could come from solar energy.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2016.
© VPRO Backlight March 2016

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Credits:
Director: Martijn Kieft
Research: Robert Kosters
Producer: Jolanda Segers
Commissioning editors: Marije Meerman, Doke Romeijn
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.
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1000kings1
china/russia/saudi arabia, basically dictatorships don't have the environmental/elitist(not in my backyard) stopping large scale reuseable energy investment.
K H
This Citibank guy sure is doing a lot of self-congratulatory back slapping but light on details.
Colin Watson
it will still cost more than a average wage to heat/or keep cool the family home (you wont be charged less if it cost less to produce it just means more profit ), dont be fooled by this. its controlled by corporations with tax payers money. Infact once they have a complete monopoly they can charge whatever they want .
Crackles McFarly
How many birds WORLDWIDE are 'murdered' each year by these Environmentally Friendly WIND TURBINES?Oh, I forgot, that's just a small price to pay for PROGRESS!
Crackles McFarly
Do environmentalist CARE about the 'positive scientific details of modern Nuclear power plant DESIGNS'? Or do they all fall for the same old tired predictable 3-mile island, Chernobyl and Fukushima and ignore nearly 275 OTHER Nuclear Plants that daily safely produce 'on-demand' electric power for over ONE BILLION PEOPLE worldwide..Please stop using emotions and use science and evidence to guide your activism and lobbying efforts. Get educated about the NEWEST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT DESIGNS and stop protesting designs that have not and have not been proposed since the late 1970s, those are not being proposed or built. Modern Nuclear power is safer than a car with seat belts and air bags where cars KILL thousands and thousands per year just in the United States which has the highest car safety standards on the GLOBE! Please study the science not the politics or emotion. Emotional and politically motivated resistance to Nuclear Power will make any goals to address, reduce or even reverse anthropgenic climate change impossible. Nuclear Power does not contribute CO2 but the chemicals and manufacturing of SOLAR PANELS and WIND TURBINE absolutely do contribute to CO2 levels.
Crackles McFarly
Do environmentalist CARE about the type and amounts of CHEMICALS that are used to make SOLAR PANELS? I am including the most MODERN solar Panels? And most people dispose of broken/faulty Solar Panels by throwing them in LANDFILLS. And you say you 'care' about climate change and the environment? I think SOLAR+WIND "sounds nice" and you plug your ears when the 'dirty details' are revealed by dispassionate scientist.
Crackles McFarly
COAL,GAS and NUCLEAR delivers energy 'on demand' no matter what the weather conditions are outside and no matter daylight or dark outside. The WIND doesn't blow on average 33% of the time at any given point of the path of a Wind Fam thus NO POWER IS GENERATED. The Sun doesn't shine at NIGHT therefore ZERO energy is produced 40%-60% of the day and then on cloudy days it drops 25% less energy and during rain and thunderstorms you get 99% the same production of energy of NIGHT time hours. SOLAR is slightly more efficient than WIND power but HYDROELECTRIC is Vastly more than SOLAR, COAL AND GAS even more efficient than SOLAR and NUCLEAR power is the most efficient producer of ENERGY.
Crackles McFarly
SOLAR POWER is only cost effective within 999 miles of the equater. The farther north and south you go the less efficient you get and the more DAMAGE to panels from Sand blasting effect from wind and hail storms and animals and the rain/freeze/thaw cycle which is why POT HOLES rampage modern roadways...USE YOUR BRAINS PLEASE.
Crackles McFarly
PUT the money in better scrubbing technology for smoke stacks and the output of carbon emissions that come from automobiles and factories. It would be FAR MORE bang for the buck than the WASTED money on Solar Farms and Wind Farms that WASTE SQUARE MILES of land that become unusable for things like GROWING FOOD for the estimated 12 BILLION people we will need to feed in less than 40 years!! People this video IGNORES facts and promotes propaganda!
Crackles McFarly
SOLAR AND WIND cannot supply the ON DEMAND energy needs of modern countries like the USA. SOLAR AND WIND cannot and does not have the ability to STORE that energy for later use, it is wasteful and inefficient. Please don't fall for this shit, it is bullshit. Please ask someone who knows about the BATTERY STORAGE PROBLEM!
Crackles McFarly
20,000 MEGAWATTS are generated by the Three Gorges HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM in CHINA's Yangtze River, 800 Megawatt's from a SOLAR FARM is NOTHING !! And the DAM in China is SUPER TINY compared to the WASTEFUL area that Solar Farms use. USE YOUR DAMN HEAD FOLKS. This is a scam!!!!!
Crackles McFarly
This is a propaganda video.Sand Storms, Hail, Wind Storms, Lightening, Tornadoes, Hurricanes -> SOLAR PANELS?? What happens to Solar Panels?
Crackles McFarly
FRANCE has a LOT of nuclear power and they are going to tell the USA to shift to SOLAR and WIND. FRANCE should CLOSE all it's NUCLEAR power and do what they want USA to do. Let FRANCE go first!
Artjoms Pugacovs
They all make big mistake when they mix green energy sources with profit.
It like going vegan cause it is cost effective.
Danie van der Westhuizen
Uneducated fools. You cant stop climate change. Even with 0 human contribution, it will only slow down a little to it's natural state of change.
Bill Smith
Everyone knows that's solar and wind produced energy it's 30% higher than Natural Gas. solar panels breakdown and wear out before they pay for themselves. If this is just another propaganda lode crap. It's a bunch of politicians and hustlers getting rich off tax dollars.
Ike the ranter
I wonder what maintenance costs are...
Ike the ranter
America needs to get off their asses and get in the game. How bout high speed rail while we're at it? We are so far behind. LOSING!!!!
David G
The energy revolution is happening but why not embrace revolutionary technology that supersedes wind, solar etc and does not have their respective environmental issues. I came across a game changing technology by an energy company called H2IL that could be the ultimate energy and hydrogen supply. It has the wow factor!
jo phoenix
It is time for America to concentrate on America the world is free now and china is doing a far,far better job then we have done in Africa!!!! We are or can be a good people it is time we stop usury and build a wonderful nation....
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Regreening the desert with John Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO 3 weeks ago   47:31

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For more than 15 years, cameraman and ecologist John D. Liu has been working on his worldwide mission to green deserts and to restore biodiversity.

It all started in 1995 when Liu filmed the Loess-plateau in China. He witnessed a local population who turned an area of almost the same size as The Netherlands from a dry, exhausted wasteland into one green oasis. This experience changed his life. From that moment on, Liu has been travelling all over the world to convince and inspire government leaders, policy-makers and farmers with his film material and knowledge. Liu diligently spreads the message that restoration of ecosystems is not only possible, but also economically very meaningful.
Backlight accompanies Liu on his mission in Jordan and shows on the basis of Liu’s own film material that a green future is possible worldwide.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2012.
© VPRO Backlight April 2012

On VPRO broadcast you will find nonfiction videos with English subtitles, French subtitles and Spanish subtitles, such as documentaries, short interviews and documentary series.
VPRO Documentary publishes one new subtitled documentary about current affairs, finance, sustainability, climate change or politics every week. We research subjects like politics, world economy, society and science with experts and try to grasp the essence of prominent trends and developments.

Subscribe to our channel for great, subtitled, recent documentaries.

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Credits:
Composition: Jeroen van den Berk / Gijs Meyer Swantee
Directed by: Rob van Hattum / John D. Liu
Research: Gerko Wessel
Production: Marie Schutgens
Senior editors: Henneke Hagen / Jos de Putter

English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.

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