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One year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the fallout continues. The Public Media Exchange, a group of ten Gulf Coast public broadcasting stations, offers local perspectives on post-Deepwater life in the region, reporting on how the oil spill has affected everything from health and economics to tourism and politics.
The group’s “Gulf Watch” website also includes audio and video features on the spill’s environmental impact. This year, more sea turtles and dolphins have been turning up dead on Gulf Coast beaches. Is oil the culprit? Watch this report from Public Media Exchange’s WSRE-TV, out of Escambia County, Fla.
For more, visit “Gulf Watch” at publicmediaexchange.org.
In “Beyond the Light Switch,” a two-hour, two-part documentary series that is being broadcast on public television stations across the country, David Biello, energy and environment editor at Scientific American magazine, walks viewers through a series of scenarios that outline what the nation’s energy future might look like. What if America invests in carbon capture? Could we see a nuclear power renaissance? Is wind power possible? What is a super grid, anyway?
In this excerpt, Biello explains how solar panels work and concludes that solar energy might not cost as much as we think it does.
To see the documentary series, check you local listings. Read more about it at: beyondthelightswitch.com.