BURN: Adaptors

Louis Michaud’s Vortex Engine

Louis Michaud

You’ve heard of wind and solar. But what about harnessing other forces of nature for energy? Like, tornadoes. That’s Louis Michaud’s idea. He’s an engineer who dreams of powering the world with tornado machines.

April 14, 2015 more »

The Adaptors Earth Day Special

Louis Michaud

This hour-long radio edition of The Adaptors is being broadcast this spring on hundreds of public radio stations from one coast to another and in between. Flora Lichtman and Alex Chadwick introduce us to people with outside-the-box solutions for addressing climate change.

February 20, 2015 more »

Black Gold — The Adaptors Podcast

Newtown sludge

New York City is poised to become the country’s largest producer of an unexpected type of green energy. This fuel source you can make yourself – and you certainly do.

February 19, 2015 more »

Fish and Lettuce

magueau and lettuce

Researchers at an indoor fish and vegetable farm say the future is bright for small aquaponics operations. Very small. Like, in the back yard.

September 10, 2014 more »

From Rice to Shrimp

mekong rice

In the Mekong Delta, rice is suffering from greater exposure to salt water as sea levels rise because of climate change. Some farmers are looking to a different crop: shrimp.

September 10, 2014 more »

Eric Rignot and the Ice of Antarctica — The Adaptors

Thwaites Glacier (NASA)

A big chunk of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing. Scientists announced in May that it’s now inevitable — though it will take decades or even centuries to happen. But the collapse will cause a big rise in sea level. Eric Rignot is the lead author of one of the studies that reached that conclusion, and he’s a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at UC-Irvine. He talked with Alex Chadwick.

June 30, 2014 more »

Michelle Nijhuis is back on the grid — The Adaptors

Science writer Michelle Nijhuis spent 15 years living in a completely solar-powered house. Now she, her husband and their daughter are back on the grid. Nijhuis talks with BURN host Alex Chadwick about going back on the grid and how life has changed.

June 16, 2014 more »