Study: Rich People More Likely To Lie, Cheat (Updated)

Study: Rich People More Likely To Lie, Cheat (Updated)

Nov 18

The cream of society may rise to the top, but so might the scum — researchers now find that people in the upper crust may be more likely to engage in lying, cheating and other kinds of unethical activity than those in lower classes…

No GMOs (Updated)

No GMOs (Updated)

Sep 30

Pulse Resource Page on the harmful effects of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)…

Desk Plants Make People Happier & More Productive

Desk Plants Make People Happier & More Productive

Sep 08

A new study reveals that offices with plants make people happier and more productive than those without greenery…

Nick Hanauer’s Message To Fellow Zillionaires: ‘The Pitchforks Are Coming’

Nick Hanauer’s Message To Fellow Zillionaires: ‘The Pitchforks Are Coming’

Jul 09

Nick Hanauer writes: “What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future. Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now? I see pitchforks…”

Factory Farming & Animal Abuse (Updated)

Factory Farming & Animal Abuse (Updated)

Jul 08

Pulse Factory Farming & Animal Abuse Resource Page…

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…

Swine Flu Drug Tamiflu Was Waste Of Money — And Dangerous

Swine Flu Drug Tamiflu Was Waste Of Money — And Dangerous

Apr 16

A new study says the drug Tamiflu, which was given to 240,000 people in the UK during the swine flu pandemic, does nothing to halt the spread of influenza and the U.K. wasted nearly £500 million stockpiling it. The study also found that Tamiflu has been linked to suicides of children in Japan and suggested that, far from easing flu symptoms, it could actually worsen them…

Why Smart Meters Are A VERY Bad Idea (& What You Can Do To Avoid Them)

Why Smart Meters Are A VERY Bad Idea (& What You Can Do To Avoid Them)

Mar 30

Smart meters are “an eco-health-safety-finance debacle with the potential to increase energy consumption, endanger the environment, harm public health, diminish privacy, make the national utility grid more insecure, cause job losses, and make energy markets more speculative”…

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…

Two Factory-Farmed Chickens, Please

Two Factory-Farmed Chickens, Please

Mar 02

The answers you’d get if your waitress knew how most of the chicken served in the U.S. where raised…

The Natural Effect

The Natural Effect

Feb 08

“All-natural” and “natural” claims are among the most commonly used claims on new food products, and annual sales of products with “natural” claims are more than $20 billion. But many products that claim to be “natural” are filled with stuff you couldn’t find in nature — including chemical additives, high fructose corn syrup and genetically engineered ingredients. In other words, only “organic” guarantees that food was produced as Mother Nature intended…

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…

Bill Gates Sees Almost No Poor Countries Left By 2035

Bill Gates Sees Almost No Poor Countries Left By 2035

Feb 05

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, said that by 2035 no nation will be as poor as any of the 35 that the World Bank now classifies as low-income, even adjusting for inflation…

Is It Possible To Clean The Oceans In 5 Years?

Is It Possible To Clean The Oceans In 5 Years?

Feb 02

Stiv Wilson writes: “As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn’t know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current that circulates within one of the world’s oceans — and recent research has found that these massive systems are filled with plastic waste. There are no great estimates (at least scientific) on how much plastic is in the ocean, but I can say from firsthand knowledge (after sailing to four of the world’s five gyres) that it’s so pervasive it confounds the senses. Gyre cleanup has often been floated as a solution in the past, and recently Boyan Slat’s proposed ‘Ocean Cleanup Array’ went viral in a big way. The nineteen-year-old claims that the system can clean a gyre in 5 years with ‘unprecedented efficiency’ and then recycle the trash collected. The problem is that the barriers to gyre cleanup are so massive that the vast majority of the scientific and advocacy community believe it’s a fool’s errand…”

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…

The B Team

The B Team

Aug 06

The B Team is a not-for-profit initiative that has been formed by a group of global business leaders to create a future where the purpose of business is to be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit. Working with a global community of advisors and partners, The B Team seeks to develop and implement a Plan B for business that puts people and planet alongside profit…

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…

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

Monsanto Gives Up Fight for GM Plants in Europe

Monsanto Gives Up Fight for GM Plants in Europe

May 31

The world’s largest producer of seeds, Monsanto, has apparently given up on attempts to spread its genetically modified plant varieties in Europe. A German media report said the firm would end all lobbying for approval…

Steven Pinker: Humankind Is Getting Nicer

Steven Pinker: Humankind Is Getting Nicer

May 01

What may be the most important thing that has ever happened in human history is that violence has gone down, by dramatic degrees, and in many dimensions all over the world and in many spheres of behavior: genocide, war, human sacrifice, torture, slavery, and the treatment of racial minorities, women, children, and animals…

The Green PolkaDot Box

The Green PolkaDot Box

Mar 09

More and more people are becoming aware of the health benefits of eating a diet of natural and organic foods. Unfortunately, they may find that the high cost and scarcity of these foods put such a diet somewhere between difficult and impossible. If you don’t have an organic food store or farmer’s market in your city, or can’t afford the high price of natural, non-GMO foods, The Green PolkaDot Box may meet your needs…

Whole Foods Announces Mandatory GMO Labeling By 2018

Whole Foods Announces Mandatory GMO Labeling By 2018

Mar 09

In a huge victory for the alternative media and grassroots activism, Whole Foods announced on Friday that it would require GMO labels on all products by 2018. This announcement deals a significant blow to Monsanto, DuPont and all the GMO supporters who wanted consumers to remain ignorant about what they’re eating…

TED: ‘Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener in South Central LA’

TED: ‘Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener in South Central LA’

Mar 07

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

The Dark Science of Addictive Junk Food

The Dark Science of Addictive Junk Food

Mar 04

The public and the food companies have known for decades now that sugary, salty, fatty foods are not good for us in the quantities that we consume them. So why are the diabetes and obesity and hypertension numbers still spiraling out of control? It’s not just a matter of poor willpower on the part of the consumer and a give-the-people-what-they-want attitude on the part of the food manufacturers. Instead, there has been a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive…

iDoctor: Could A Smartphone Be The Future Of Medicine?

iDoctor: Could A Smartphone Be The Future Of Medicine?

Feb 04

One of the world’s top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family’s health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports…

2012: The Greatest Year In The History Of The World (Updated)

2012: The Greatest Year In The History Of The World (Updated)

Jan 10

It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age. (This post includes Hans Rosling and Steven Pinker providing supporting evidence that humankind is getting dramatically better, very fast.)

Boycott Companies That Helped Defeat Prop 37

Boycott Companies That Helped Defeat Prop 37

Nov 30

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is calling for a national boycott of the popular natural and organic brands owned by 10 parent companies that donated to defeat Prop 37, the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative…

After Big Money Defeats GMO Labeling, Citizens Start Labeling Products Themselves

After Big Money Defeats GMO Labeling, Citizens Start Labeling Products Themselves

Nov 18

The recent defeat of California Proposition 37 which would have required foods containing GMOs to be labeled, has given birth to a grassroots movement known as “The Label It Yourself Campaign”. The campaign provides outraged consumers with stickers that sport a skull with cornstalks for crossbones and encourages them to place these labels on GMO products found in grocery stores…

Occupy Wallstreet Launches ‘The Rolling Jubilee’

Occupy Wallstreet Launches ‘The Rolling Jubilee’

Nov 12

A group of campaigners linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement is buying-up distressed loans for pennies in the pound and cancelling them to “liberate debtors at random”. The Rolling Jubilee project is seeking donations to help it buy-up distressed debts, including student loans and outstanding medical bills, and then wipe the slate clean by writing them off…

Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Soul Kitchen’

Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Soul Kitchen’

Nov 09

The vision at Soul Kitchen is to serve healthy, delicious, and when possible, organic meals. At the Soul Kitchen you will notice there are no prices on the menu and you might have been seated with someone you don’t know. Customers pay the minimum donation or volunteer in some way to earn a voucher for a meal. The Soul Kitchen has served over 11,500 meals, most recently 31% of their diners were people in-need; and volunteers have donated over 12,200 hours of time to the program…

Prop 37 GMO Labeling Law Defeated By Corporate Dollars & Deception

Prop 37 GMO Labeling Law Defeated By Corporate Dollars & Deception

Nov 08

Proponents of Proposition 37, the California ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically engineered foods, are attributing Tuesday’s narrow defeat to corporate dollars and deception, but are also pledging to persist in a battle that they see as key to the health of Americans. This page also includes THREE DIFFERENT GMO DOCUMENTARIES, Pro Proposition 37 commercials, GMO reports, graphics, background information on who opposed and supported Proposition 37, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM GMOS)…

Must Watch: Documentary ‘David vs. Monsanto’

Must Watch: Documentary ‘David vs. Monsanto’

Nov 03

Imagine that a storm blows across your garden and that now, genetically-manipulated seeds are in your crops. A multi-national corporation pay you a visit, demand that you surrender your crops — and then sue you for $200,000 for the illegal use of patented, GM seeds. In this definitive David and Goliath battle, one farmer stands up against a massive multinational, and their right to claim ownership to a living organism…

New Anti-GMO Documentary: ‘Genetic Roulette’ (Updated)

New Anti-GMO Documentary: ‘Genetic Roulette’ (Updated)

Oct 18

This seminal documentary explains how GMOs are contributing to the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future…

Honey Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder (Updated)

Honey Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder (Updated)

Oct 03

Pulse Resource Page on Honey Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder…

Wild Bees Dying In New Zealand

Wild Bees Dying In New Zealand

Oct 03

An Auckland beekeeper who has set up 300 hives around the region says his insects have started dying at an alarming rate. He believes a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has wiped out bees and reduced food crops around the world, may have reached New Zealand…

New Movie: ‘Promised Land’

New Movie: ‘Promised Land’

Sep 28

Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge…

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…

Twelve “Any Time, Any Place” Survival Tips (v3.2)

Twelve “Any Time, Any Place” Survival Tips (v3.2)

Sep 06

So, you live on Planet Earth and are wondering what you can do to insure a graceful passage through whatever changes may come your way. And you want advice that you can use any time, any place, even when faced with the kind of apocalyptic changes that are presently knocking on our global door. Here are a few practical suggestions…

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Aug 21

A collection of our favorite TED videos…

TED: ‘Pam Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes’

TED: ‘Pam Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes’

Aug 21

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community…

Number Of Farmers Markets In U.S. Surges

Number Of Farmers Markets In U.S. Surges

Aug 05

As demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has increased, so too has the number of urban farmers markets sprouting up across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that the number of direct-sales markets has increased 9.6 percent in the past year, with California and New York leading the way. After 18 years of steady increases, the number of farmers markets across the country now registered with the USDA is 7,864. In 1994, there were 1,744…

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…

Super Rich Hiding ‘At Least’ $21 Trillion

Super Rich Hiding ‘At Least’ $21 Trillion

Jul 23

A global super-rich elite had at least $21 trillion (£13tn) hidden in secret tax havens by the end of 2010, according to a major study. The figure is equivalent to the size of the US and Japanese economies combined…

How ‘Big Food’ Has Taken Over The ‘Organic’ Market

How ‘Big Food’ Has Taken Over The ‘Organic’ Market

Jul 12

Giant agri-food corporations like Coca-Cola, Cargill, ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and M&M Mars have gobbled up most of the nation’s organic food industry. Pure, locally produced ingredients from small family farms? Not so much anymore…

Natural, Organic Items Grab Bigger Share In Mainstream Supermarkets

Natural, Organic Items Grab Bigger Share In Mainstream Supermarkets

Jul 08

In recent years, the grocery industry has seen sales of natural and organic food double in mainstream supermarkets…

Quote: Alex Pino

Quote: Alex Pino

Apr 15

“Reducing the amount of clothing, accessories, paperwork, furniture, square footage, and in general — clutter — in our lives makes room for new exciting people, things, and experiences to emerge. When you reduce the amount of clutter in your home you are clearing up old, stagnate energy while making room for these new exciting happenings to occur. Old clothes is attached to old beliefs, same with everything else. Clear it up and make way for the new/exciting. And not just that, but less = more focus… The less unused clutter that sits around me the more powerful and focused I become. When I get rid of something that’s no longer serving me, it creates a magnetic effect towards what I really desire.” — Alex Pino