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Ambassador Clifford Sobel speaks with ZDNet's Dan Farber at the High Tech Connections symposium in Silicon Valley. Formerly the chairman of Internet telephony company Net2Phone, Sobel said the Netherlands is focusing investment capital and resources on three areas: embedded systems, nanotechnology and broadband.
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From the American Geophysical Union Fall Conference in San Francisco: Former Vice President Al Gore speaks about a recent policy that requires scientists to submit their findings to the current administration.
Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet's climate system into a tailspin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics, and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced--a catastrophe of our own making. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom--think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, "An Inconvenient Truth," which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's commitment to expose the myths and misconceptions that surround global warming and inspire actions to prevent it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, reset the course of his life to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling global warming show," Gore is funny, engaging, open, and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our "planetary emergency" out to ordinary citizens before it's too late. With 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America just behind us, it seems we may be reaching a tipping point--and Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation. Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore's personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most impassioned cause of his life--convinced there is still time to make a difference. With wit, smarts, and hope, "An Inconvenient Truth" ultimately brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue--rather, it is the biggest moral challenge facing our global civilization.
Tim Berners-Lee, considered to be the father of the Web, speaks with scientists and Silicon Valley executives at HP Labs in Palo Alto, Calif., about where he sees the Internet going in the next five years.
The clean-tech industry of today is in its early stages, about where Microsoft was in 1980, says Terry Tamminen, an adviser at Pegasus Capital Advisors and the former director of California's Environmental Protection Agency. Now a main force behind the state's rise to the top as a climate change policy maker, Tamminen sits down with CNET News.com's Carl-Gustav Linden in Santa Monica, Calif.
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The documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" offers a passionate look at one man's efforts to help save the planet from irrevocable change. That man is former Vice President Al Gore. See the trailer for the documentary, which opens in select theaters on June 2.
Several Silicon Valley pioneers spoke at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of Shockley Laboratories in Mountain View, Calif. Starting in the 1950s, physicist Hans Queisser worked in Germany and the U.S. While at Shockley Labs, Queisser spearheaded research on using silicon to convert solar energy.
Microsoft's campus in Mountain View, Calif., has the largest solar panel system in Silicon Valley. That's the word from John Matheny, general manager of the Silicon Valley campus, during a tour of the solar installation.