Category Archive: Environment

Apr 21

Earth Day 2014: Time is Short

Earth Day

Just a few weeks ago, in time for Earth Day 2014, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stern report warning that time is short to curb global warming. With only a few decades remaining to stave off environmental catastrophe, asks, what steps should be taken? Earth Day: Our Fragile …

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Mar 30

Views From the Vulnerable: Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change

Bearing the initial brunt effects of climate change won’t be industrialized nations such as the United States or China or any other countries that rely primarily on fossil fuels to run their complex economies. At the front line of rising sea levels is Bangladesh; a low-lying country of 150 million people that sits at the …

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Mar 27

Infographic: Humans Are Sharks Biggest Nightmare

What are the chances of being attacked and killed by a shark? Let’s just say the odds are higher of being smothered to death after digging a large hole in the sand than being eaten by a hungry Great White while swimming. On the other hand, sharks have good reason to be afraid of us. Last …

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Mar 20

We’re Doomed: NASA Predicts Collapse of Industrial Civilization

It’s time to dust off the survival gear and perhaps invest in a fallout shelter because recent according to a NASA study, the end is nigh for our industrial civilization. Ok, so maybe collapse isn’t exactly imminent. But what the study does is remind us that great civilizations aren’t immune to precipitous declines. Just as …

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Feb 06

Keystone XL Could Decide Obama’s Climate Change Legacy

Does the Keystone XL pipeline serve U.S. national interests? That’s the question that President Obama will have to answer at some point in the near future following an 11-volume environmental impact study released the U.S. State Department last Friday. Initial findings within the study won’t make President Obama’s decision on Keystone XL any easier. While …

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Jan 23

23% of Americans Don’t Believe in Global Warming. Now What?

A study by the Yale Climate Project shows that 23% of Americans don’t believe global warming is happening. So how do you get this surge of climate skeptics to think about energy use and emissions? Saul Griffith, co-founder of Otherlab, is not convinced that watt calculators are the answer–we don’t have to reinvent the light bulb. At swissnex San Francisco, …

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Dec 23

This Week on What We “Liked” in 2013

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a part of is reflecting on the stories that impacted us and our viewership over the last year. This week on, we’ll share our picks for the Top 10 Videos of the Year– ten stories that either made a big impact on the news, helped …

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Dec 16

Ozone Hole Recovery Highlights How Policy Can Catch Up With Science

In the late 1980s, one of the most alarming environmental issues was the evidence of a growing ozone hole over Antarctica. First reported upon via a paper in Nature, the existence of the ozone hole served as a rallying point among scientists and policymakers to push the international community to act in order to protect …

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Nov 09

Threats to Its Environment Looming, Venice Restricts Cruise Ships

It hasn’t been what you might call a first-class year for cruises. While the sunken Costa Concordia wreck was finally righted off the coast of Tuscany, the sewage nightmare on the Carnival’s Triumph back in May still reeks in some fair-weather sailor’s minds. Then, the Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas literally caught on fire. While this all led to some rock-bottom pricing and …

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Nov 07

Rising Seas: National Geographic Looks at an Ice-Free Planet

Covering the Earth from Antarctica and the Arctic to glaciers in the Andes and the Alps is over five million cubic miles of ice. If all of it were to melt away in a doomsday scenario caused by runaway climate change, the Earth’s sea levels would rise to about 216 feet above their present levels– …

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