A mile up a steep, tree-lined hill sits the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory in Berkeley, California. It’s early morning and Daniel Kammen, RAEL’s director, founder, and one of the world’s foremost experts on renewable energy, has arrived in jeans, sandals and a green T-shirt that reads “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Run.”
Kammen has to run. To avoid the most drastic effects of climate change, scientists generally agree that the world has only a few decades to stabilize atmospheric carbon-dioxide concentrations at 450 parts-per-million. Meanwhile 1.5 billion people on the globe lack access to electricity. Providing reliable, clean energy to the poor while accelerating green power investments in the developed world is a task for Atlas.