Radical New Economic System Could Change Everything – For The Better

Radical New Economic System Could Change Everything – For The Better

Dec 15

A radical new economic model — powered by the extraordinary pace of innovation in energy, communication and transport — is rising from the ashes of the current economic system…

Warka Water: Clean Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Warka Water: Clean Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Jul 11

Designer Arturo Vittori’s innovative invention can provide remote villages with more than 25 gallons of clean drinking water per day…

The Good Country Index

The Good Country Index

Jul 05

The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organisations, we’ve given each country a balance sheet to show at a glance whether it’s a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between…

Elon Musk Bets On Solar & Battery Tech

Elon Musk Bets On Solar & Battery Tech

Jun 17

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories “an order of magnitude” bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels. Musk’s future customers could ignore traditional energy companies completely. They would have SolarCity panels on their roof that would generate enough power to also charge up a Tesla in the garage. A Tesla battery could then power the home at night with stored solar power…

Elon Musk: ‘All Our Patent Are Belong To You’

Elon Musk: ‘All Our Patent Are Belong To You’

Jun 12

Want to start your own electric car company? You now have the technology to do so. Tesla has made the unorthodox move of pledging not to pursue litigation against any company that uses its technology “in good faith”…

Great Ideas: Solar Roadways (Updated)

Great Ideas: Solar Roadways (Updated)

Jun 03

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a “home” for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving…

The Vision of Twelve Stones

The Vision of Twelve Stones

Apr 07

As the universe gradually takes recognizable form, we see our solar system develop. We see our sun and planets. We see moons, asteroid belts, and comets. Then our planet fills our mind’s eye. We watch it evolve through its many stages: Primal gases whirl around, volcanoes erupt, vast oceans of water form, land rises from the tumultuous seas — and then begins to cool. Now, for the first time, life begins to form in the oceans and in the thick, gaseous air. Creatures come into being and begin their long journey to ever-increasing consciousness. We see the first one-celled creatures and watch them slowly transform themselves into new, more complex and aware creatures: plants, ferns and trees; fish, amphibians, and animals that can live on land, in the sea, and in the air. Ages pass and vast numbers of species come and go. Some disappear in the twinkling of an eye, the result of some global catastrophe, while others slowly evolve into other forms. Finally, after eons of growth, we see the Earth as she exists today. From the deep recesses of space we look at her and are stunned by her magnificent beauty. And we are also shaken by how fragile she seems floating all alone in the vast darkness of space…

UN Warns: Climate Change Dangers Are Here Now, Will Worsen

UN Warns: Climate Change Dangers Are Here Now, Will Worsen

Mar 26

Scientists have already observed many changes from warming, such as an increase in heat waves in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Severe floods, such as the one that displaced 90,000 people in Mozambique in 2008, are now more common in Africa and Australia. Europe and North America are getting more intense downpours that can be damaging. Melting ice in the Arctic is not only affecting the polar bear, but already changing the culture and livelihoods of indigenous people in northern Canada. “Climate change really is a challenge in managing risks,” says Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution of Science in California. “It’s very clear that we are not prepared for the kind of events we’re seeing.”

How Civilizations Fail & Can Be Saved (Updated)

How Civilizations Fail & Can Be Saved (Updated)

Mar 25

How, exactly, do powerful empires collapse, and why? Researchers now believe they’ve found an answer, one that has troubling implications for today — because we’re clearly on the road to ruin…

Greenland Melting Accelerates; Future Sea Levels Need To Be Revised

Greenland Melting Accelerates; Future Sea Levels Need To Be Revised

Mar 16

Three glaciers holding back a vast ice stream in northeast Greenland, a region thought to be the last bastion of stability in that rapidly warming region, are now thinning and moving more rapidly into the sea, a new study found. This ice stream accounts for about 16% of the total ice sheet, and if it destabilizes, it could have severe consequences for low-lying coastal cities worldwide…

New Movie: ‘Noah’ (Updated)

New Movie: ‘Noah’ (Updated)

Feb 26

“Noah” retells the biblical story of Noah and his ark as found in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament. Paramount Pictures has said the $130 million film, which will begin production in Iceland and New York, will stick closely to the story presented in the Bible. However, the film is likely to focus more on environmental issues than on the spiritual implications of the story…

Obama Launches ‘Climate Hubs’ To Mitigate Climate Change Issues

Obama Launches ‘Climate Hubs’ To Mitigate Climate Change Issues

Feb 05

The Obama administration to announce the establishment of seven regional “climate hubs” to help farmers and rural communities adapt to extreme weather conditions and other effects of climate change…

Showtime To Launch Landmark Climate TV Series

Showtime To Launch Landmark Climate TV Series

Jan 15

This April, Showtime will start airing its ground-breaking climate change TV series. Nothing like this 8-part series has ever been put on TV before, a collaboration between the amazing storytellers mentioned above and top-flight journalists (like Chris Hayes, Lesley Stahl, and Tom Friedman) and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (like Matt Damon, Ian Somerholder, Don Cheadle, Olivia Munn, and Harrison Ford). They provide gripping reports of people affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change…

Why 2013 Was & Wasn’t The Best Year In Human History

Why 2013 Was & Wasn’t The Best Year In Human History

Dec 27

Five reasons why 2013 was the best year in human history and nine reasons it wasn’t…

Jill Bolte Taylor: Does Our Planet Need A Stroke Of Insight? (Updated)

Jill Bolte Taylor: Does Our Planet Need A Stroke Of Insight? (Updated)

Dec 14

I’ve come to understand that the two issues of mental health and global health are closely linked — if not one and the same. Similar processes we use to improve our mental health can help us make better, more responsible decisions as a society — by focusing on the compassion and integrity of our right brain, rather than the judgment, punishment and deception of our left brain…

Near-Death Experience Inspires Man To Help Save The Planet By Planting Trees (Updated)

Near-Death Experience Inspires Man To Help Save The Planet By Planting Trees (Updated)

Sep 07

Near-Death Experiencer David Milarch was told by angels that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world — the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change — and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics…

Breakthrough Study Links Climate Change & Violence

Breakthrough Study Links Climate Change & Violence

Aug 02

Shifts in climate change are strongly linked to human violence around the world, according to a comprehensive new study released Thursday by the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University. The research, which was published in Science, examined 60 previous studies from all major regions of the globe. The results suggest that changes such as drought, flood and high temperatures strongly correlate with spikes in conflict. The biggest culprit: higher temperatures. Out of 27 modern societies studied, all 27 showed a positive relationship between higher temperatures and violence…

Plan To Clone ‘Super-Trees’ Could Resurrect UK’s Ancient Forests

Plan To Clone ‘Super-Trees’ Could Resurrect UK’s Ancient Forests

Jun 30

Some of Britain’s best-loved trees could be cloned in an effort to reproduce a range of our most successful and sturdy oaks, yews and firs. The £2m scheme to reproduce and grow again all of Britain’s biggest, oldest, tallest and most ecologically important trees has been devised by the US tree conservationist David Milarch, who hopes to reproduce all the UK’s “super-trees” and then offer tens of thousands of their genetically identical offspring free to schools, cities and landowners…

Quote: ‘Every Time You Buy Organic…’

Quote: ‘Every Time You Buy Organic…’

Jun 25

“Every time you buy organic, you’re persuading more farmers to grow organic.”

— Mother Earth News

Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Surpass 400 PPM Milestone (Updated)

Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Surpass 400 PPM Milestone (Updated)

May 13

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have reached a daily average above 400 parts per million. The last time atmospheric CO2 was at 400 parts per million was during the Pliocene Era, three to five million years ago, and humans didn’t exist. This was a time when global temperatures were substantially warmer than today, the Arctic was ice free, and sea levels were between 16 and 130 feet higher than they are today…

Belief In Biblical End-Times Stifling Climate Change Action In U.S.

Belief In Biblical End-Times Stifling Climate Change Action In U.S.

May 10

The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the large number of religious Americans who believe in biblical end-times…

World Economic Forum Ponders Consequences Of Contact With Alien Life

World Economic Forum Ponders Consequences Of Contact With Alien Life

Feb 04

The discovery of alien life or Earth-like planets and the implications to the world was a crucial item on the agenda at the annual World Economic Forum, or WEF, in Davos, Switzerland…

WakaWaka Power

WakaWaka Power

Jan 14

WakaWaka Power is a super efficient personal solar power station that charges your iPhone and any other smartphone or shines 40 hours of excellent reading light, all on just one day of solar charge. A lifesaver for those without electricity. For every WakaWaka Power sold during this pre-sale campaign the creators of WakaWaka will give two WakaWaka Lights (lights only) to Haiti, where 370,000 people still live in makeshift shelters without electricity…

A Vision of Global Suicide

A Vision of Global Suicide

Oct 26

A vision of global suicide…

New Documentary: ‘Chasing Ice’

New Documentary: ‘Chasing Ice’

Sep 28

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet…