The Fourth Industrial Revolution that is underway can compromise humanity’s traditional sources of meaning – work, community, family, and identity – or it can lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a sense of shared...
Josh Dolan is a New Dream Get2gether team leader who is leading an effort to establish a Permaculture Park Project in Ithaca, New York—a neighborhood shared green space along the Cascadilla Creek in the city’s Northside community.&n
By: Charlene Heydinger, Executive Director, Keeping PACE in TexasAs a bustling metropolis and the biggest city in Texas, Houston has a lot of buildings – and that equals a lot of opportunity to make these facilities more energy- and water-efficient.Houston...
Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, discusses her new book (co-authored with Gene Sperling and Christina Kwauk) "What Works in Girls' Education: Evidence for the World's Best Investment."
A rapid and affordable transformation to wind and solar energy within 15 years is possible in the U.S., according to a new study by NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers published in the journal Nature Climate Change. This energy transformation could slash greenhouse emissions by as much as 78 percent below 1990 levels, the study said. One of the biggest issues with weather-related power generation is its inherent intermittent nature, leading utilities to rely on gas-fired generators and other reserves during cloudy or low-wind periods. The solution to this problem is to scale up renewable energy generation systems to match the scale of weather systems, the scientists said. The model partially depends on significant improvements to the nation’s outdated electrical grid, including the creation of new, high-voltage direct-current transmissions lines.
According to a USGBC study, green building design is outpacing the growth of conventional construction sector in the US. Popularity of green building sector is rapidly increasing and it is set to create more the 2.3 million jobs for Americans, this year – reveals the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study report prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton.
New study provides one of the strongest cases yet that the planet has entered a new geological epoch
Flora Moon's insight:
The remnants of bygone eras - mostly organic evidence found in fossils and the carbon based materials we use as fuels - were all part of nature's systems and reuse was simple. Remnants from our era will be mostly inert making reuse will be nearly impossible.
Larger companies pursuing wider sustainability efforts are now seeking B Corp certification
Flora Moon's insight:
If all companies did a good job of managing the B Corp impact categories; environment, workers, customers, community and governance the world could be a more viable place for our grandchildren's grandchildren.
..."The vast majority of cities are prone to river flooding. That’s because, when cities were founded, they tended to be founded near rivers. According to Swiss Re, nearly all large metropolitan areas are in danger of flooding to some degrees, because they are situated on river flood plains or along river deltas. India and China, apparently, face the world’s biggest threat in this regard."
"Bottom line: A study by Swiss Re – released September 18, 2013 – outlines the risk from natural disasters for 616 cities around the world, and identifies the top 10 cities most at risk in various categories."
After eighteen years with the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit I cofounded to support an emerging radical center among ranchers, conservationists, scientists and public land managers, I am moving on to new adventures. My goal now is to explore and expla
From raging forest fires to dwindling snowmelt to the extraordinary birth of new ocean islands, sometimes the best way to witness planetary happenings — and to gain perspective on them — is from high above. Below are satellite images and aerial photos from the NASA Earth Observatory that capture some of the more dramatic changes that shaped the earth over the past year.
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