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Energy is vital to our daily lives. Meeting surging demand while transforming our energy system into one that is cleaner and more sustainable will require a new level of collaboration. That's why National Geographic and Shell have convened academics, engineers, business and industry executives, think tank leaders, and others with the power to create positive change to share their ideas on new and innovative ways to solve "The Great Energy Challenge."

As part of the Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell, a forum was convened on March 25, 2014, featuring key experts from academia, government, First Nations, industry and non-profit organizations. The event, entitled Natural Gas: A Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future? British Columbia and the Bigger Picture was designed to spark a meaningful and forward thinking dialogue about the role of natural gas in our future energy mix. This was the fourth event in 'The Big Energy Question' series, and it followed discussions on biofuels, the Arctic and sustainable cities.

Natural Gas: A Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future? Perspectives

Yuen Pau Woo, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Frank Sesno, George Washington University

Wade Davis, National Geographic

Dan Goldberger, Energy Technology & Innovation Canada

Krey Stirland, Shell

Daniel Kammen, University of California, Berkeley

Zoey Walden, Canadian Energy Research Institute

Mark Brownstein, Environmental Defense Fund

Jessica McDonald

Nigel Protter, BC Sustainable Energy Association

Dale Bumstead, Dawson Creek

Lori Ackerman, Fort St. John

Karen Ogen, Wet'suwet'en First Nation

Ellis Ross, Haisla Nation

Ambassador Kie-Cheon Lee, Republic of Korea

Andy Calitz, Shell

Jaime Sanchez, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Ken Coates, University of Saskatchewan

Geoff Morrison, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Seiichi Tsurumi, LNG Canada

Terry Teegee, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Joseph Arvai, University of Calgary

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As part of the Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell, a forum was convened on March 5th featuring key experts from academia, government, industry and non-profit organizations. The event, entitled Powering Our Urban Future: Opportunities and Challenges in Turkey, was designed to explore how we plan, manage and create the sustainable city of the future. Taking a global view but with a focus on Turkey, it addressed overarching themes of how we meet the increasing demands of growing urban populations, how we implement energy efficiency in buildings and through mass transportation, and how we transform infrastructure.

Powering Our Urban Future: Perspectives

Dr. Katalin Zaim, United Nations Development Programme, Turkey

Dick Benschop, Shell

Konca Çalkivik, Business Council for Sustainable Development, Turkey

Nilgün Cιlιz, Boğaziçi University

Duygu Erten, TURKECO Construction and Energy

Alparslan Bayraktar, Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey

Göktuğ Kara, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey

Arzu Tekir, Embarq Turkey

Ahmet Erdem, Shell

Volkan Ş. Ediger, Kadir Has University

Philippe Crist, International Transport Forum at the OECD

Robert Kunzig, National Geographic Magazine

Muzaffer Başaran, World Energy Council Turkish National Committee

Mustafa Ilıcalı, Bahçeşehir University

Mustafa Serdar Ataseven, Turkish Wind Energy Association

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As part of The Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell, a forum was convened on September 17, 2013 featuring experts from the European and UK science community, as well as individuals from academia, government, industry and non-profit organizations. The Big Energy Question event, entitled The Arctic: The Science of Change was designed to explore what we know, what we don't know and what we need to know more about in the Arctic.

The Arctic: The Science of Change: Perspectives

Paul Rose, Royal Geographical Society

Charles Emmerson, Chatham House

Michael Macrander, Shell

Rune Fjellheim, Sámediggi - Sámi Parliament

Paula Kankaanpää, Arctic Centre at University of Lapland

Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey

Felix H. Tschudi, Tschudi Group

Florian Stammler, Arctic Centre at University of Lapland

Dougal Goodman, The Foundation of Science and Technology

Robert Blaauw, Shell

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As part of The Great Energy Challenge initiative, National Geographic brought together two-dozen experts from industry, academia, government, and environmental organizations to answer the question, "What will it take to develop a thriving and sustainable biofuel industry by 2030?" Hear what some of these experts had to say.

Joe Fargione, The Nature Conservancy

Brett Lund, GEVO

Matthew Tipper, Shell

Sharon Burke, Department of Defense

Brent Erickson, Biotechnology Industry Association

Esteban Chornet, Enerkem

Tad Patzek, University of Texas at Austin

John Sheehan, University of Minnesota

Doug Berven, POET

Roger Sedjo, Resources for the Future

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Food. Water. Energy. All are necessary to support life, economic prosperity and growth, and the long-term sustainability of the planet. All are interconnected. As the world approaches 9 billion people by mid-century, we need to fully understand the linkages between these resources and employ new, innovative approaches to solving the challenges of all three holistically. The following videos, recorded by The Great Energy Challenge for Shell's Powering Progress Together business forums, feature leading experts speaking to the importance of resilience and what it means to them.

Resilience in an Urban World: Rotterdam Powering Progress Together

What is Resilience? Manila Powering Progress Together

What is Resilience? Rotterdam Powering Progress Together

Focus on Cities from Houston Powering Progress Together

Focus on Business from Houston Powering Progress Together

Focus on NGOs from Houston Powering Progress Together