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12 Innovations From the ’00s That Could Save Us

Sarah van Gelder   |  Jan 1, 2010

With climate disruption, war, and a faltering economy, the ’00s were tough. Still, seeds were sown for a more green and egalitarian 2010s. And peoples movements offer the power to make real change happen.    MORE »


A gigantic statue of laughing Buddha. Photo by Loke Seng Hon, wikimedia.

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

R. Morgan Griffin   |  Jan 7, 2010

Feeling rundown? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.   MORE »


Carbon markets help John Henrikson practice sustainable forestry on his 150 acres. Photo by Kirk Hanson

Big News for Small Forests

Ian Hanna   |  Jan 7, 2010

Sustainable, small-scale working forests are feeling the economic pinch. But nonprofit groups are helping family- and community-owned woodlands thrive by connecting them with carbon markets.    MORE »

Photo by Chas Redmond.

EPA Implements Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

Rik Langendoen   |  Jan 6, 2010

An EPA rule requiring large polluters to report greenhouse gases went into effect December 29, 2009.    MORE »


Detail from Poster for a Potluck Feast of Local Food, organized by Transition Albany.

Transition Albany: A Local Response to Climate Change

Pamela O’Malley Chang   |  Jan 6, 2010

Meet Catherine Sutton, the initiator of Transition Albany—the effort of a 1.7-square-mile California town (population 16,500+) to transform itself into a self-reliant and resilient community.   MORE »

video of the week   

John Francis at the TED conference

John Francis Walks the Earth

Jan 8, 2010

For over two decades, John Francis has been traveling the planet by foot and sail learning about environmental respect. For 17 of those years, he did so without speaking. Luckily for us, he's taken to spreading his message—here in a speech for TED.   MORE »

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