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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 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.

Focus on Cities from Houston Powering Progress Together

Focus on Business from Houston Powering Progress Together

Focus on NGOs from Houston Powering Progress Together