This Planet is a series of 90-second video stories that draw on the best new videos, awesome graphics, and surprising facts about climate, energy and innovation.
Winter soltice stories: plastic threatens the Arctic; the dangers of animal selfies.
This week: Among monkey thieves and extortionists, this legendary outlaw was brought to justice in China. And a new initiative, #CleanSeas, to fight plastic pollution.Read More
In this episode of This Planet’s Earthweek:
- the night sky is getting brighter
- a volcano erupts in a tourist haven
- flies spread germs, but can theyhelp prevent diseases?
A new report from the Global Carbon Project shows that levels of CO2 will rise worldwide for the first time in three years. And in our second story, Australia's unique wildlife are under threat.
In five years, as solar installations skyrocketed, prices fell by 2/3 while jobs in the solar industry more than doubled.The exuberant green energy market has been powering along for enough years now that this trend is becoming too clear to be denied: renewable energy adds jobs even as costs come down.Read More
Does it seem like it's raining and snowing and mud-sliding too much? That's because it is. The 12% increase in precipitation means your house may be flooded next. We are living in an anti-science reality - do not accept it! Stand up for NOAA.Gov, the place were true climate information can be found!Read More
Yes, solar panels work in London despite frequent cloudy weather. Repowering London is engaging whole communities, including this public housing complex in Brixton, in making power and some extra income, from sunshine. They won a 2016 Ashden Award for the project.
Based in Tanzania, SunFunder has so far provided over $8 million of finance to solar businesses in eight African countries and India, helping them to offer solar electricity to thousands of people.Read More
All over the world, people are suing their governments for protection against climate change.Read More
The cost of electricity is high in Costa Rica, so dairy farmers are using specially designed solar water heaters to wash their milking equipment.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
A little dam goes a long way, and wins an Ashden Award for 2015: Sarhad Rural Support Programme.Read More
When mobile micro-payments meet solar panels, you get a sophisticated distributed electricity system and an Ashden Award winner for 2015: SteamaCo.Read More
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.Read More
If you like weird stories, there's a lot to like about these craters. We went to Russia to learn moreRead More