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…