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This video explores the “forest watch” tool launched by the World Resources Institute (WRI) to track forest health and destruction. Forest Watch is an app you can download to your phone or computer, that uses satellite monitoring data.
Damn the melting permafrost and full speed ahead – the Arctic is the richest fossil fuel source on Earth, but it was hard to get at all that oil and natural gas because it lay beneath a whole lot of ice. Climate change to the rescue! The Arctic just had its hottest summer on record. Eighty percent of the summertime ice cover has melted since 1979. Cue the military build-up.
Max Fordham designed this library in Worcester England so that it is bright, warm and uses 50% less energy than others its size. There's an award for that: Ashden winner for 2015.
We learn more about these huge holes in the ground of mysterious origin, including a surprising point of view from one Russian scientist exploring the craters.
Splitting the Atom was supposed to bring us limitless energy. But when it comes to nuclear power, any mistake can lead to a catastrophe, poisoning the environment for generations.
St. Faith's independent prep school in Cambridge England has two things going for it: an embedded commitment to cutting energy use, and a bunch of clever students.
Have a couple quid to invest in your favorite clean energy project? There's an app for that. And an Award from Ashden. For more see Abundance Energy, and This Planet Chronicle's post: This Planet's Winners & Heroes
This is the story of how the Suruí tribe, who live in the deep Amazon Rain Forest, are connecting to the modern world with Google Mapping while preserving their homeland and their culture.
Pollinate Energy - affordable solar for the poorest Indians. Better than nuclear because it will work today, danger-free.
Saving energy? It's not the tram ride, it's keeping the cabin cozy along the way.
Planning for drought in rural Kenya
When a Chevron oil refinery is Goliath and a bunch of climate activists are David - now that's a news event.
Turns out that the definition of "species" is harder to pin down than you might have imagined.
Bamboo is good for making bicycle frames and good for the environment.
Women in Bangladesh are designing village water systems that protect the community in times of flooding and drought.
Hemcrete - hemp and lime - keep things cozy in the UK, and win the Ashden Award.
The difference between meteorology and climatology matters - and it caused a mini-scandal that's still reverberating.
Infosys is one of the largest tech companies in Bangalore India. Now they've attracted a prestigious Ashden Award and saved millions through smart energy fixes.
The holy grail of renewable energy is the quest for a better battery, and a form of carbon itself may provide a revolutionary solution.
What is arguably the most significant event of the Space Age is only tangentially about space. It is a photograph that looks back on the earth, taken in 1968.
Was Dorothy dreaming of wind turbines? Kansas wind generates power at a competitive price, but can this new industry be shut down?