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9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013
by Sarah van Gelderposted Jan 02, 2013
- 2012 was a year of superstorms, mass shootings, debt strikes, and the most spendy election ever. Here’s how last year’s most important stories will shape 2013.
Dirty, Pricey, and Obsolete: Why Desalination Is Not Worth Its Salt
by Adam Scowposted Dec 27, 2012
- Efforts to curb the consumption of water are getting great results and making expensive desalination plants obsolete.
Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities
by Fran Kortenposted Dec 26, 2012
- The individual actions we take to reduce waste are important. But to stem the avalanche of stuff, we also need system-wide solutions.
What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
posted Dec 24, 2012
- A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment
by Jim Shultzposted Dec 14, 2012
- Targeting the fossil fuel industry is essential, but divestment as the target for action raises the same question as global summitry does: Is it enough?
How I Survived Breaking Up with My Car
by Erin L. McCoyposted Dec 14, 2012
- Erin McCoy tells the story of how she gave up driving, despite her love for cars, and examines the challenges facing drivers who don't live in cities.
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
by James Trimarcoposted Dec 11, 2012
- To many Detroit residents—and especially to its established urban gardeners—the approval of a large-scale urban farm raises serious questions about the future of food and land in the city.
Protecting the Ozone: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol
by Heidi Bruceposted Dec 05, 2012
- How a universal treaty is still working to protect the ozone layer a quarter-century later.
Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.
by Janet Redmanposted Dec 04, 2012
- Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.
Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade
by Anna Willowposted Dec 03, 2012
- On December 3, 2002, members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blockaded the road used to haul logs out of the area. Ten years later, their persistence has paid off in the form of cleaner water and a healthier forest in which to live.
5 Ways the Space Program Helps Us Fight Climate Change
by Erin L. McCoyposted Nov 30, 2012
- From tracking glaciers to predicting crop failure to figuring out how to store solar energy in molten salt, NASA has produced some of our best tools in the fight against climate change.
BP’s Civil Fines Could be 10 Times Larger than Record Criminal Penalty
by Signe Predmoreposted Nov 20, 2012
- The $4.5 billion oil giant BP has agreed to pay out for criminal misconduct related to the Deepwater Horizon spill is too small to change the company’s business model. Yet more and bigger payments are likely to come.
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelderposted Nov 19, 2012
- It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
To Save Our Ecosystems, Stop Overloading Them
by Doug Pibel, Madeline Ostranderposted Nov 19, 2012
- Left alone, natural systems keep nitrogen, carbon, and other key ingredients of life balanced.
From Soap to Cities, Designing From Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges
by Sven Eberleinposted Nov 19, 2012
- Can a boat be designed to clean the water? How does a spider manufacture resilient fiber? We need products that don’t harm us or the environment, and nature’s already done the research.