snapshots of life at this moment, in this place, on this planet
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.
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.
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!
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.
All over the world, people are suing their governments for protection against climate change.
The cost of electricity is high in Costa Rica, so dairy farmers are using specially designed solar water heaters to wash their milking equipment.
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.
A little dam goes a long way, and wins an Ashden Award for 2015: Sarhad Rural Support Programme.
When mobile micro-payments meet solar panels, you get a sophisticated distributed electricity system and an Ashden Award winner for 2015: SteamaCo.
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.
If you like weird stories, there's a lot to like about these craters. We went to Russia to learn more
The Australian group 1 Million Women takes climate change personally
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.
Greening the high desert the natural way.
Greenland's ice is going dark. A little dust, perhaps some pollutants, and something else the scientist's didn't figure on...
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.