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…

CDC Prepares for Zombie Apocalypse

CDC Prepares for Zombie Apocalypse

Sep 06

“The zombies are coming!” the Homeland Security Department says. Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a public health campaign to encourage better preparation for genuine disasters and emergencies. The theory: If you’re prepared for a zombie attack, the same preparations will help during a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack…

08/28/12 NHNE NDE Class Notes

08/28/12 NHNE NDE Class Notes

Aug 30

This NHNE NDE Class update includes information about a sister group in North Carolina, our newly forming dream group, the 2012 IANDS conference, the 2012 ACISTE conference, the 2012-2013 Tucson IANDS Guest Speaker Series, NDEr Dr. Eben Alexander’s new book, NDEr Jeff C. Olsen’s new book, 7-Year-Old NDEr Ari Hallmark’s new book, the dark side and Will Bray on Skeptiko, the relationship between NDEs and synchronicities, David Milarch — An Example Of NDE-Inspiration At Work In The World, Lilou Mace interviewing Anita Moorjani one year later, Don Wolf’s NDE, and more…

How A Fictional Tree Planter Inspired Real Ones

How A Fictional Tree Planter Inspired Real Ones

Aug 22

How a fictional story inspired real people to change the world by planting trees…

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Aug 21

A collection of our favorite TED videos…

James Hansen: ‘Climate Change Is Here – And Worse Than We Thought’

James Hansen: ‘Climate Change Is Here – And Worse Than We Thought’

Aug 05

James Hansen writes: “Our new peer-reviewed study, published by the National Academy of Sciences, makes clear that while average global temperature has been steadily rising due to a warming climate (up about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century), the extremes are actually becoming much more frequent and more intense worldwide… Such events used to be exceedingly rare. Extremely hot temperatures covered about 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent of the globe in the base period of our study, from 1951 to 1980. In the last three decades, while the average temperature has slowly risen, the extremes have soared and now cover about 10 percent of the globe…”

Record Arctic Sea Ice Loss

Record Arctic Sea Ice Loss

Jul 27

Following on a record rate of retreat for Arctic sea ice in June, as of July 17 sea ice area in the Arctic has fallen below 5 million square kilometers (nearly 2 million square miles), a decline reached earlier in the melt season than at any time in recorded history. The ice extent shrank from 6 million square kilometers to less than 5 million in just nine days…

U.S. Drought Could Trigger Repeat Of Global Food Crisis

U.S. Drought Could Trigger Repeat Of Global Food Crisis

Jul 26

America’s drought threatens a recurrence of the 2008 global food crisis, when soaring prices set off riots and unrest to parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, food experts warn…

James Lovelock: ‘I Was Alarmist About Climate Change’

James Lovelock: ‘I Was Alarmist About Climate Change’

Apr 24

James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too…

Dangerous Discovery: Methane Gas Bubbling To Surface Of Arctic Ocean

Dangerous Discovery: Methane Gas Bubbling To Surface Of Arctic Ocean

Dec 18

Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane — a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide — have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region. The scale and volume of the methane release has astonished the head of the Russian research team who has been surveying the seabed of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for nearly 20 years…

Must Watch & Read: Paul Stamets: How Mushrooms Can Save The World (& Cure Cancer)

Must Watch & Read: Paul Stamets: How Mushrooms Can Save The World (& Cure Cancer)

Nov 24

Mycologist Paul Stamets describes several paradigm-changing breakthroughs in his work with mushrooms, including mathematically perfect engineering, oil and nuclear waste cleanup, controlling insects which spread numerous global diseases, fighting viral infections, and boosting the human immune system. He also describes how mushrooms were used to cure his mother of breast cancer and why our old forests should be saved as a matter of national defense…

Is The End Of The World Nigh?

Is The End Of The World Nigh?

Nov 20

Judging by the run of successful natural disaster films in the past few years, people are fascinated by the idea of the end of the world. In Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, a virus ravaged the UK and beyond; an asteroid was the world-ending threat in Deep Impact and Armageddon; and climate change got a starring role in The Day After Tomorrow. But made-up doomsday tales pale into nothing, creatively speaking, when contrasted with what is actually possible. Look through the lens of science and “the end” becomes much more interesting…

Michael Pawlyn: Using Nature’s Genius In Architecture

Michael Pawlyn: Using Nature’s Genius In Architecture

Nov 10

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun…

Cartoon: A Reassuring Lie

Cartoon: A Reassuring Lie

Sep 26

An inconvenient truth or a reassuring lie; a red pill or blue pill…

Climate Change: The Science Has Never Been More Compelling, The Public Never So Misled

Climate Change: The Science Has Never Been More Compelling, The Public Never So Misled

Sep 13

This is a critical time. The science has never been more clear and compelling. Yet the public has never been so confused and misled. There is much to tell, and there are many scientists who are talented at and committed to telling it. People need to know the facts, and there are labs and universities ready to offer them. People also need to hear the stories of climate change, from scientists and other messengers whom they trust. The need is urgent, as the time for effective action is short. In this context, Climate Communication was born…

Al Gore: Climate Change: ’24 Hours Of Reality’

Al Gore: Climate Change: ’24 Hours Of Reality’

Sep 12

24 Hours of Reality will focus the world’s attention on the full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis. To remove the doubt. Reveal the deniers. And catalyze urgency around an issue that affects every one of us…

Vast Ice Island To Break Off Greenland Glacier

Vast Ice Island To Break Off Greenland Glacier

Sep 01

New photographs taken of a vast glacier in northern Greenland have revealed the astonishing rate of its breakup, with one scientist saying he was rendered “speechless.” Twice as many glaciers are retreating as the number that are advancing, and the area of ice lost was nine times the amount gained. The Greenland ice sheet is “but one harbinger of the many changes to come”, including extreme weather events, such as a record-breaking heatwave and drought in Russia, extreme floods in Asia, record-breaking temperatures on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and “mega storms and floods” in many parts of the country…

Scientists Ponder What Could Happen When Humans Encounter ETs

Scientists Ponder What Could Happen When Humans Encounter ETs

Aug 22

Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity “prepare for actual contact”. In their report, Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis, the researchers divide alien contacts into three broad categories: beneficial, neutral or harmful…

Can Algae Save The Planet?

Can Algae Save The Planet?

Aug 12

Winter sunlight streams through the glass roof onto rows of long, white troughs filled with algae and seawater. A little water wheel in each trough turns to keep the liquid circulating and the growing cells evenly exposed to light and to carbon dioxide-enriched air. Computers maintain a constant temperature. Giant transparent bags of algae varieties waiting to be tested hang from metal beams. Someday algae could replace oil wells, free the planet from its dependency on fossil fuels and create a near-endless supply of energy…

Our Biggest Security Threat Is Global Warming-Induced Extreme Weather

Our Biggest Security Threat Is Global Warming-Induced Extreme Weather

Aug 06

Scientists have been predicting for years that global warming would produce record-breaking extremes on either side of the thermometer. This past winter, America survived its so-called snowpocalypse, and now that summer has arrived, we’ve got a heat dome… It conforms easily to the ravages of Kevin Borden and Susan Cutter’s so-called Death Map which in 2008 peered into climate change’s crystal ball and found intensifying natural disasters capable of regionally reshaping the nation with every catastrophe. These global warming nightmares, not domestic or international terrorists, are the most dangerous threat to global security in existence…

She’s Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying for.

She’s Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying for.

Aug 02

This is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless “consumers” are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network…

Dubai Weather Wizards Create Rain In Desert

Dubai Weather Wizards Create Rain In Desert

Jul 20

A Swiss company called Meteo Systems has developed a technology called Weathertec that uses giant ionizers to make rain. If the ambient humidity in the area reaches the required minimum of 30%, then you turn the ionizers on and start pumping electrons into the atmosphere. Assuming that you have high temperatures, the electrons will rise with the heat and water molecules will start condensing around them. At this point, you have clouds that will produce rain once they are dense enough…

Sea-Level Rise Fastest In 2,000 Years

Sea-Level Rise Fastest In 2,000 Years

Jun 22

In a new study, researchers provided the first continuous sea-level reconstruction for the past 2,000 years and compared variations in global temperature to changes in sea level during this time period. An international research team including University of Pennsylvania scientists has cocluded that there is a consistent link between changes in global mean surface temperature and sea level…

World’s Oceans In ‘Shocking’ Decline

World’s Oceans In ‘Shocking’ Decline

Jun 20

The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists. In a new report, they warn that ocean life is “at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history”.

TED: A Next-Generation Digital Book

TED: A Next-Generation Digital Book

May 05

Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad — with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is “Our Choice,” Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

UN Document Would Give ‘Mother Earth’ Same Rights As Humans

UN Document Would Give ‘Mother Earth’ Same Rights As Humans

Apr 12

Bolivia will present a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country. The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to “dominate and exploit” — to the point that the “well-being and existence of many beings” is now threatened. The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia’s Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January. That document speaks of the country’s natural resources as “blessings,” and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities; and the right to be free from pollution…

Vivos Doomsday Shelters

Vivos Doomsday Shelters

Apr 01

Vivos is a privately funded venture, with no religious affiliations, building a global network of underground shelters, to accommodate thousands of people. Vivos will provide a life assurance solution for those that wish to be prepared to survive these potential events, whether they occur now, in 2012, or in decades to come…

U.S. Navy Warned To Prepare For Climate Change

U.S. Navy Warned To Prepare For Climate Change

Mar 10

America urgently needs to build up its military readiness in the Arctic where melting summer sea ice is setting up a global struggle for resources, a study prepared for the US navy has warned. “The US military as a whole has lost most of its competence in cold-weather operations for Arctic weather,” the report, National Security Implications of Climate Change for US Naval Forces, warned…

U.S. Farmers Fear The Return Of The Dust Bowl

U.S. Farmers Fear The Return Of The Dust Bowl

Mar 08

Happy’s problem is that it has run out of water for its farms. Now Happy is the harbinger of a potential Dust Bowl unseen in America since the Great Depression. ‘In the 1950s a lot of wells were drilled, and the water went down.’ Those wells were drilled into a geological phenomenon called the Ogallala Aquifer. It is an underground lake of pristine water formed between two and six million years ago, in the Pliocene age, when the tectonic shifts that pushed the Rocky Mountains skywards were still active. It stretches all the way down the eastern slope of the Rockies from the badlands of South Dakota to the Texas Panhandle. It does not replenish. After the Dust Bowl (the result of a severe drought and excessive farming in the early 1930s), that the US Geological Survey worked out that the watering holes were clues to the Ogallala, now believed to be the world’s largest body of fresh water. With new technology the wells could reach the deepest water, and from the early 1950s the boom was on. Some of the descendants of Dust Bowl survivors became millionaire landowners. ‘Since then,’ says David Brauer of the US Agriculture Department agency, the Ogallala Research Service, ‘we have drained enough water to half-fill Lake Erie of the Great Lakes.’ Billions upon billions of gallons — or, as they prefer to measure it, acre-feet of water, each one equivalent to a football field flooded a foot deep — have been pumped. ‘The problem,’ he goes on, ‘is that in a brief half-century we have drawn the Ogallala level down from an average of 240ft to about 80.’…

World’s Sixth Mass Extinction May Be Underway

World’s Sixth Mass Extinction May Be Underway

Mar 04

Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth’s history, according to a paper released by the science journal Nature. Over the past 540 million years, five mega-wipeouts of species have occurred through naturally-induced events. But the new threat is man-made, inflicted by habitation loss, over-hunting, over-fishing, the spread of germs and viruses and introduced species, and by climate change caused by fossil-fuel greenhouse gases, says the study…

Alaska Melting

Alaska Melting

Feb 13

Thawing permafrost is triggering mudslides onto a key road traveled by busloads of sightseers. Tall bushes newly sprouted on the tundra are blocking panoramic views. And glaciers are receding from convenient viewing areas, while their rapid summer melt poses new flood risks. These are just a few of the ways that a rapidly warming climate is reshaping Denali, Kenai Fjords and other national parks comprising the crown jewels of Alaska’s heritage as America’s last frontier…

King Crabs Invade Antarctic Waters

King Crabs Invade Antarctic Waters

Feb 08

Warming waters along the Antarctic peninsula have opened the door to shell-crushing king crabs that threaten a unique ecosystem on the seafloor, according to new research by a U.S.-Sweden team of marine researchers. On a two-month voyage of the Swedish icebreaker Oden and U.S. research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer, marine biologists collected digital images of hundreds of crabs moving closer to the shallow coastal waters that have been protected from predators with pincers for more than 40 million years….