The ABC’s Catalyst program has a special edition on energy and peak oil this week - Catalyst: The Oil Crunch.
In just a century, we’ve become entirely dependent on cheap oil. We rely on oil for just about everything, from the food we eat, to our transport systems and even our economic stability. So what would happen if we ran out? There’s a growing fear amongst petroleum experts that it’s happening much sooner than previously thought – that we are hitting Peak Oil now. So how soon will demand outstrip supply, and will we be able to avoid the global economy collapsing when it does? How prepared are we for the Oil Crunch?
The Oil Crunch
Could global oil demand soon outstrip supply? Dr Jonica Newby follows up on 'Real Oil Crisis' from 2005 and discovers the 'Oil Crunch' is imminent.
Kenyan Hot Rocks
Kenya is harnessing geothermal resources to provide clean renewable base load energy which, as a bonus, is transforming the lives lof ocals.
Oil From Algae
Oil alternatives, particularly environmentally friendly sources, are in hot demand. Could algae help meet our needs?
A 1950's weatherboard home transformed to be energy efficient and a modern home with unique technology to monitor energy consumption.