In response to listener demand, we are launching a new mini-series on the Energy Basics. If you have found yourself occasionally challenged to follow some of the more technical conversations we have here, or even if you just want to brush up on the fundamentals, this mini-series is for you! We hope these episodes will give you a bit more familiarity with the terms and concepts of energy, and help to fill in some of the knowledge that you were never offered in school.

Each of these first three mini-episodes are about 20 minutes in length. Part 1 is available to all listeners. Parts 2 and 3 are available to full subscribers only – jump between each part using chapters in your podcast app.

Episode 119.1 – Energy Basics Part 1 – What is Energy? – What energy is at the atomic level, and different classifications of energy. [00:00 to 21:58]

Guest:Dr. Paulina Jaramillo has a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Florida International University, as well as a master’s and PhD in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis in green design from Carnegie Mellon University. Her past research has focused on life cycle assessment of energy systems with an emphasis on climate change impacts and mitigation research. As a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she is involved in key multi-disciplinary research projects to better understand the social, economic and environmental implications of energy consumption and the public policy tools that can be used to support sustainable energy development and consumption. She is now the Co-Director of the Green Design Institute and has started pursuing research about infrastructure systems for global development. She is also the Working Group III lead author for the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report.

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Recording date: December 9, 2019

Air date: April 15, 2020

Geek rating: 1


Teaser photo credit: By Varistor60 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,