The recent announcement that China’s one-child policy will be partially relaxed will be celebrated worldwide by libertarians, human rights activists and, most importantly, Chinese couples who have longed…...
Take a look inside the Crescent Dunes Soalr Energy Plant, Nevada; first commercial-scale solar energy plant to use nothing more than the sun, molten salt, and a whole lot of mirrors to send power to the people.
Few of us remember that the declaration of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and its subsequent World Heritage status was born out a 12-year popular struggle to prevent the most wondrous coral reef in…...
Interesting history of the birth of the GBR Marine Park and the power of community action. Let's hope Round 2 is as successful.
The current “airpocolypse” emergency in Shanghai - which has seen schoolchildren ordered indoors to protect them from the polluted air, flights grounded and companies ordered to cut production - comes…...
"Just as you shouldn’t trust everything you read or see on television, you should never blindly trust information just because it is on a map. All maps posit arguments. Maps present information about how something is. All maps posit arguments. Maps present information about how something is. Just as there are no unbiased arguments, there are no unbiased maps."
"People across the planet need to see and internalize an accurate global vision of place and individual accountability—to recognize the problems that face us all and the technologies that exist to combat them. Our young people need to be able to look up, to look beyond the horizons of their forebears, and see the wisdom and opportunity that comes from a more universal sense of responsibility."
A truly global perspective, from astronaut Chris Hadfield, on the need to look after our planet.
Is it time development focused on poor people rather than poor countries? Two decades ago 93% of the world's poorest people lived in low income countries. Today, a 'new bottom billion' is emerging, one where 72% of the world's poorest people live not in low countries but in middle income countries (MICs).
Artist Nathalie Miebach takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures that embody the forces of nature and time. These sculptures then become musical scores for a string quartet to play.
Wow, this is fascinating. A wonderful intersection of Science and the Arts. The creator's suggestion that her artworks can be shown as artworks, visualisations of data, musical performances etc, highlight the importance of the viewing context.
Thanks Nicole Bailey, Barker College for this link.
via Seth Dixon. A gripping and horrendous 25 minute account of the 2011 tsunami as it impacts on the Japanese port of Kamaishi. This video takes the viewer from the first, almost impercetible ripple to the raging torrent that resulted in mass destruction.