Robyn O’Brien: ‘The Unhealthy Truth’

Robyn O’Brien: ‘The Unhealthy Truth’

Jan 10

In this extraordinary personal account, Robyn O’Brien tells the story of how she started paying attention to what’s in food….

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…

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…