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It has begun!
E.O.Wilson's TED prize proposal, an online Wiki of Earth Life, has officially begun; several thousand entries already... EOL.org
Interview: TED prize curator Chris Anderson on Charlie Rose
Tools for Open Source Mapping of Environmental Data
Download free endangered species ringtones from the Center for Biological Diversity
TreeHugger is seeking expert writers (paid) on a variety of areas.
The Federal government and the State of New Mexico offer tax incentives for the installation of solar equipment. (more info here)
Environmental Studies: Study Resource & Degree Program Information
Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Al Gore Major New Speech
"The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk; and even more- if more should be required -the future of human civilization is at stake."
Saved By The Sun
An excellent survey from NOVA of the current state of solar power across the world. Covers the critical science, the critical policies, the technologies on the horizon. "Saved By The Sun" is airing currently and through April on PBS NOVA, and can be viewed online HERE
MIT Students Launch RawSolar
TED Conference videos:
A Greener Future
Inspired by Nature
Animals That Amaze
TED curator Chris Anderson interviewed on Charlie Rose
"Forecast Earth, from The Weather Channel, presents video news and tips for sustainable, green living and scientific facts about global climate change..."
Now for Google Earth:
Global Atmospheric Image Layer
JPL has made a KML for Google Earth with Terra MODIS images
providing global atmospheric cloud cover from less than 24 hour-old imagery.
(ed note- photos weren't refreshing these last weeks- problem will be fixed first week July)
info / download
Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Lester Brown's new book can be read or downloaded online at Earth Policy
Lord of the Ants
NOVA program: E.O Wilson and The Ants
LILYPAD: Floating City
for Climate Change Refugees (story and pics)
Alex Steffen of WorldChanging: "I've been thinking about the fate of declining suburbs, bombed out shrinking old industrial cities and the drying up ghost towns of the high plains, when I came across a journal note mentioning something Bruce Sterling said to me this fall in San Francisco:
'The ruins of the unsustainable are the 21st century's frontier.'"
Amazon has just launched a new Green products division; ecologically smart products for home, office, etc.
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Climate Change and Endangered Prosperity
Federal Report: Warming Equals More Harmful Climate Extremes
Dot-Earth coverage; view report here.
-Amy Goodman talks to David Helvarg of the Blue Frontier Campaign on global warming and severe weather.
-Air America interview with NYT Dot-Earth's Andrew Revkin on recent extreme weather events and global warming.
Weather Extremes Mark Spring 2008 (story)
Weather Risks Cloud Promise of Biofuel
"The record storms and floods that swept through the Midwest last month struck at the heart of Americas corn region, drowning fields and dashing hopes of a bumper crop..." (story, NYT)
Midwest Floods Spur Record Rise in Corn Prices (story)
Honey Bee Crisis Could Push Food Prices Even Higher
Global Quandary: How to Feed a Growing Planet (story)
Secret Report: US, European Biofuel Policy Caused Food Crisis
"Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian..."
(story) (NYTimes Lede coverage)
"Global Disruption" More Accurately Describes Climate Change, Not "Global Warming"
- Scientist John Holdren, Democracy Now interview
800 California Wildfires Caused By Lightning Strikes
now up to 1400... Big Sur evacuated... Santa Barbara threatened.. (story)
Extreme Weather Events Can Unleash A 'Perfect Storm' of Infectious Diseases (story)
Seas Rising and Warming Faster Than Realized (story)
Arctic Sea Ice Melting
Even Faster Than Last Year
North Pole May Be Ice Free for First Time This Summer
Recent models had predicted that the Arctic won't see its first completely ice-free summer until somewhere between 2013 and 2030. But this summer's forecast and unusual early melting events all around the Arctic serve as a dire warning of how quickly the polar regions are being affected by climate change. (NatGeo)
Barbara Boxer with Bill Moyers on her fight for climate legislation. (watch video, transcript)
"CEOs of fossil energy companies know what they are doing and are aware of the long-term consequences of continued business as usual. In my opinion, these CEOs should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature." -James Hansen (ref)
Conspiracy to Deceive
Groundbreaking Lawsuit Accuses Big Oil of Conspiracy to Deceive Public About Climate Change (DemocracyNow)
When the Vulcans think of alternative energy sources,
do they dream of solar? Wind? Algae?
Of course not!
McCain Wants 45 New Nuclear Reactors by 2030 (story)
Fred Krupp: Earth, The Sequel
excellent video review of new solutions
NPR Carbon Sequestration
NPR interview with Prof Klaus Lackner of Columbia's Earth Institute (read about Lackner's patented sequestration device)
Carbon Dioxide Emission by Country
CO2 maps zoom in on greenhouse gas sources.
EFuel100 Offers A Do-It-Yourself Ethanol Production Device
The Micro-Fueler lets you or your community make your own gas. (website,videos)
Last-Ditch Eco Play for Desperate General Motors
They used to say 'as GM goes so goes the nation'. Well, the bill has come due for 20 years of blind focus on lucrative profits from gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs.
General Motors stock fell again this week, to it's lowest level since 1954. Back then it was the biggest company in the world. Now, with Japanese hybrids dominating the near future, and guzzler sales in free-fall, there's even talk of bankruptcy. GM has launched a frenzied effort to leapfrog into electrical cars; a last-ditch play, way too late. As GM goes, so goes the nation... (story: Jonathan Rauch at The Atlantic: "Electro-Shock Therapy")
Note that GM is plunging ahead with no battery solution in sight, hoping one will be found by production start; this is the backstory to McCain's proposal of a $300 million dollar prize for the development of just such a battery that GM needs to complete the Volt.
Refresher: Who Killed the Electric Car? - the movie
American Energy Policy, Asleep at the Spigot
Good chronology of the 90's, the 'lost decade for American fuel efficiency', and the subsequent paralysis under Bush as a perfect storm would take oil from $9 a barrel in 1999 to $145 a barrel today, causing the collapse of the American auto industry, and a crisis for the consumer economy. "Efforts to pass new fuel economy legislation in 2001, 2003, and 2005 went nowhere amid continued opposition by supporters of the auto industry on both sides of the aisle as well as many conservative Republicans... Veterans of those battles cite lobbying by the domestic automakers as a main factor in the failure of the legislation."
A Ford spokeswoman said the market shift is "totally unprecedented and faster than anything we've ever seen." Ford is set to lose at least $2 billion this year.
"Washington is brain-dead on this issue"-Thomas Friedman (see video)
Aptera electric/hybrid car (pictured above) is going for the X Prize. 30K price tag and 190 miles between charges. the squiddiest auto ever!... (video)
Volkswagon's One-Liter Car will get the equivalent of 235 mpg. (story)
Think City, Think Ox: Electric cars on the way
from Norway, where thousands are already in use. Venture Capitalists Kleiner-Perkins and Rockport are backing Think North America. (story)
Tesla Motors The sexiest electric car of all, is already in production. Unless your usual automobile price range is in the six figures, you may not get past the price on this one, but you''ll have to admit, with those looks, and 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, this car is hot.
A Better Place Silicon Valley's Project Better Place is aiming to rapidly develop battery-charging infrastructure and provide cheap electric cars to everyone. Nissan and Renault are partners in the development of the car. Alliances to facilitate rapid deployment have already been formed with Portugal and Israel. This is a smart outfit, and smart plan- read and watch more at ProjectBetterPlace.com
Electric Cars Take Over: 17 Electric Cars You Must Know About
HuffPo Green's survey of coming electric cars. (story with pics)
You can see videos of many of these cars at Ecoversity TV/Electric cars
- Convert Your Car to Run on Water?? (what's the story?)
- Biodiesel-fueled "Earthrace" Sets Around the World Record (story and pics)
Google Aims To Spark a "Green Electricity Revolution"
Google has created a renewable energy R&D group and supports breakthrough technologies
"Lots of groups are doing great work trying to produce inexpensive renewable energy. We want to add something that moves these efforts toward even cheaper technologies a bit more quickly.Usual investment criteria may not deliver the super low-cost, clean, renewable energy soon enough to avoid the worst effects of climate change," said Dr. Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm, "Google.org's hope is that by funding research on promising technologies, investing in promising new companies, and doing a lot of R&D ourselves, we may help spark a green electricity revolution that will deliver breakthrough technologies priced lower than coal."
GreenFuel - A Love Affair With Algae
"Why expensively sequester CO2 when it can be profitably recycled?"
Algae Conferences- Houston
National Algae Association will host its 2nd major industry
conference near Houston, Texas on July 17, 2008
"When the commercialization of algae arrives in the next 2-3 years, it
will be a major game-changer in the first and second generation biofuels
-Will Thurmond, Chairman of Research and Development, National Algae Association
Algae Conferences- Delhi
Algae Biofuel Summit September 17th to 19th, 2008 in New Delhi, India under the auspices of the Growdiesel Climate Care Council.
Promising Solar Power Technologies
Good review of upcoming solar technologies, including a solar mirror producing steam. (story)
The New Geopolitics of Energy
(Democracy Now interview/story)
Bright and Flush
Innovalight (thin film solar) and
LS9 (petroleum producing bacteria) are among new companies with some ingenious ideas, flush with new investment capital. Here's the latest on LS9 on YouTube.
And by the way, if you are a biochemist or microbiologist, check out the jobs listings at LS9- these guys are booming! (Also admin, managers, etc.)
CoolEarth Solar gets 21 million in Funding...
Cheap solar balloons can go anywhere... (story)
U.S. Lifts Moratorium on New Solar Projects
July 3, 2008 - "Under increasing public pressure over its decision to temporarily halt all new solar development on public land, the Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday that it was lifting the freeze, barely a month after it was put into effect..."
Europe is Way Ahead on Alternatives
10 Innovative European Energy Ideas
Green Chip Review, a green investment newsletter: "From solar to wind to wave energy, water infrastructure and everywhere in between, the best solutions to humanity's most pressing problems are actually coming from outside the U.S... Germany, for example, is mother to the modern solar industry. The Danes have all but cornered the wind industry...." (story) (Green Chip Review)
Vestas: Wind Power Leader With a 23 per cent market share, and 35,000 wind turbines installed, the Danish company Vestas is the world's leading supplier of wind power solutions.
Norway's Statkraft: Getting Power From Salty Water (story)
The Anaconda Device
a totally innovative wave energy concept from the UK.
Germany leads the world in solar installation;
not because Germans get a lot of sun, which they don't, but because of smart incentives and policies implemented through alliances of industry, energy expertise, and lending facilities, orchestrated by smart government.
Germany's Schott, the world leader in photovoltaics, is opening a huge production facility near Albuquerque, eventually employing 1500 people. Germany's Bluenergy, makers of a photovoltaic wind turbine, now have an office in Santa Fe.
Business is booming... one company, Evergreen Solar, has logged contracts amounting to $1.6 billion in the last two months alone. (ref)
Japan Creates Mega Solar City
"In an effort to create one of Japan's greenest urban areas and clean up its air by reducing CO2 emissions, Japan announced that two gigantic solar power generation plants will be installed in Sakai City." (story)
Cost of Solar Panels to Plummet
Near-term predictions from the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development (story)
Solar Cell Efficiency Increased with Popcorn Ball Design
"The balls' complex internal structure creates a surface area of about 1,000 square feet for each gram of material..." (!!) (ref)
National Geographic: World Oil, Tapped Out
"In 2000 a Saudi oil geologist named Sadad I. Al Husseini made a startling discovery... that many oil experts 'were either misreading the global reserves and oil-production data or obfuscating it.'" (story)
Rise of the 'Off-Grid' Planet: Energy & Economy Spawn DIY Movement
"All over the world, people are trying to figure out how to get off of the energy grid using personal solar technology and back-to-basics lifestyles. Its not necessarily that they are trying to protect the environment - theyre trying to protect themselves..." (story)
The Worlds First Zero-Emissions City In the Middle East?
"We will no longer have to guess what the city of the future looks like. In Abu Dhabi, we will be able to see it with our own eyes." -Paul Dickerson, chief operating officer for the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (story)
Poachers Kill Last Four Wild Northern White Rhinos
The last four northern white rhinoceros remaining in the wild are feared to have been killed for their horns by poachers and are now believed to be extinct in the wild. (story)
related: NatGeo- gorilla massacre
$50 Billion Would Save the Rest of Life
"Seems like a bargain"- E.O. Wilson (LinkTV interview)
Honey Bee Losses Rise In U.S.
CCD Update July 08
The Vanishing of the Bees
check this out! a work in progress film documentary...
Haagen-Daz: Help the Honeybees
a new cute, slick site- send a friend a bee!
Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico Could Be Largest on Record
WWF: Baltic Sea Gasps for Air As Marine Dead Zones Spread
Green Shift news
As the Green Shift picks up speed, architects tout their green skyscrapers, planners tout their green cities, green websites spring up to help consumers navigate a welter of new green products. CNN is presenting "Going Green" with a video archive of environmental subjects; The HuffingtonPost now has a "Green" area, with daily environmental news.
Bloom Bubble Bike
"The Bloom device is meant to be a subversive and inspirational tool for our concrete jungles. Similar to the tuft of a dandelion as the wind carries the seedling, we propose a way of dispersing seedlings with bubbles and bicycling. Seeds are co-mingled with a bubble mixture and upon pedaling to your destination , you release the floating seeds which land in cracks and crevices throughout the city streets. Over time, the seeds grow into flowers and plants to create a green "fringe" to our sidewalks and streets."
(story and pics)
Conscious Gardening: Growing for Dr. Hauschka Cosmetics
"It demands a higher level of consciousness and a force of will to garden at this level... Theres a point where gardening becomes an art."
GM Food Promoter Transfers to Rat (and Human) Cells
This is really alarming. CaMV is used in nearly all genetically engineered foods. We now discover it in the cells of the digestive tract after one meal. There are some, ah, serious ramifications to this... (read more)
A New Strange Behavior of Water
Water forms floating 'bridge' when exposed to high voltage
(pics and story)
DNA Found to Have "Impossible" Telepathic Properties
DNA has been found to have a bizarre ability to put itself together, even at a distance, when according to known science it shouldn't be able to. -Journal of Physical Chemistry B (story)
something there is about a watermelon...
Hemp for Vermont Bill Becomes Law
Vermont farmers may now grow 'non-drug' hemp. (story)
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Earth and Planetary Science Letters
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Planet Green | Global Green
NASA Blue Marble
Earth Charter | Wiser Earth
pigs adrift in Iowa floods
Mangrove Action Project
Biomimetics: Design by Nature
Biologically Inspired Design
Millenium Ecosystem Assessment
National Geographic Environment
Nature Geoscience Journal
Pew Trusts: Global Warming
GOES Realtime Products
The Tracking Project
New York Times' Dot Earth blog
Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth"
Columbia University Earth Institute
Environmental Careers Org.
EDGE of Existence
Center Biological Diversity
Post Carbon | Post Carbon Cities
Inhabitat | EcoGeek
Ashoka: Environ. Innovat. Init.
Fields of Fuel (the movie)
Survey: Solar Thermal Power
Rocky Mountain Institute
Peter Russell's 'World Clock'
Deep Ecology Foundation
The Dharma House
Energy Justice Network
Seeds of Change
Once a Forest
The Sustainable Video Project
Solar Decathlon | Face It! webcast
ENGAGE the World
James Martin Institute
Stop Global Warming
Natural Architecture (pics)
Regenerative Design Institute
Fairfax, California Ecofest
an excellent little film by the Seawater Foundation on
the great promise of seawater farming in creating vibrant ecosystems and nourishing local economies in the world's desert coastal regions. (watch video)
The Story of Stuff
Don't miss this amusing survey of the consumerist reality and it's toxic consquences. (99% of our production is trashed within 6 months!)
Update July 12:> Materialism and low self esteem causally related
Researchers have found that low self-esteem and materialism are not just a correlation, but also a causal relationship where low self esteem increases materialism, and materialism can also create low self-esteem. The also found that as self esteem increases, materialism decreases. (story)
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia's Earth Institute was interviewed on Charlie Rose on the food-fuel crisis.
"Dramatic, immediate commitment to nurturing new technologies is essential to averting disastrous global warming" - Jeffrey Sachs, SciAm March 2008
Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, on Democracy Now: "what most Americans are consuming today is not food but 'edible food-like substances'." (show)
James Hansen, top NASA climate scientist:
Censorship and the Truth of Global Warming
Interview Mar 21
Willem Malten Interview KSFR
Willem Malten talks about Ecoversity's mission and activities, peak food, and the worldwide problem of rising prices and falling supply of wheat and other basic foodstuffs. (audio interview, KSFR Radio)
see Willem's Vortex blog
Think Like Noah
Thomas Friedman, warning of "global weirding", calling for a "Green Revolution"; he's touring to promote his upcoming book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded". "We are the first generation of human beings that are going to have to think like Noah." (watch video)
Future Wonders of Green Tech
Great pictures, from the WebUrbanist (article)
Vince Buber's "Backyard Bugs"
Do You Know What You Eat?
Drug-laced corn flakes for breakfast? Taco shells infused with detergent enzymes for dinner? Take the short quiz provided by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The Wild Horses of Newbury
Greens were filming the tragic destruction of two great old oaks of Newbury, when an amazing thing happened... watch the video
New Study: Earth's Core and Magnetic Field Changing Fast
"What is so surprising is that rapid, almost sudden, changes take place in the Earth's magnetic field," said study co-author Nils Olsen, a geophysicist at the Danish National Space Center in Copenhagen. (story)
Plastic Sea Creatures Series
Lisa Foo and Su Sim of Malaysia recycle plastic with imaginative power
"In order to solve the climate crisis, we have to solve the democracy crisis"- Al Gore