from The Atlantic Hundreds of millions of people in China have watched this 103-minute-long video just in the past week. There’s never been anything close to its success in the English-language Internet world. Everyone in the China-policy community is aware of it and discussing it. I’m mentioning it here for several reasons. First, it’s just […]
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from Co.EXIST The price of rooftop solar power is falling fast. Just recently, the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory said solar energy prices dropped by up to 19% countrywide in 2013, and by 12% this year. Prices now are 59% lower than what people said they would be back in 2010, showing how rapid the advances have […]
from YaleGlobal Online China’s citizens are paying a steep price for rapid economic growth. The government struggles to mask environmental problems, yet China is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities. Smog often blankets the nation’s cities. Robert A. Manning, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security […]
from Forbes While US housing prices remain depressed, we can observe high inflation in one kind of real estate: prime farmland. The Chicago Fed, which monitors big farm states such as Illinois and Iowa, reports that farmland prices in its district shot up 17% in the year to the second quarter of 2011. The Kansas City Fed says that […]
from Forbes When I first moved to China, in the mid-1990s, every time I went outside my throat felt like someone had taken sandpaper to it and my eyes burned in pain. At the time, 80% of the country’s electricity came from coal, factories belched soot and grit into the air and I could count […]
from TED.com The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring. More here.
from Scientific American The fields of barley, rice and wheat that feed much of India are running out of water, according to a new study based on satellite data and published online in Nature today. The heartland of last century’s Green Revolution lost 109 cubic kilometers of water from its Indus River plain aquifer between […]
from Scientific American For decades, diesel trucks and buses have spewed large amounts of soot, smog-causing gases and carcinogens into the air. But new diesel engines are more than 90 percent cleaner than a few years ago, far exceeding the emission reductions required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study released […]
from Forbes Many of the most creative, high-impact sustainability projects around were started by smart business leaders in the middle of their organizations. If you want to do your part, you don’t have to wait for the whole executive suite or the board to come around. So says Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer […]
from Scientific American An ice bridge which had apparently held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place during recorded history shattered on Saturday and could herald a wider collapse linked to global warming, a leading scientist said. “It’s amazing how the ice has ruptured. Two days ago it was intact,” David Vaughan, a glaciologist with […]
from Ted.com Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas. More here.
from NYTs The biotechnology industry, claiming the backing of European Union governments, signaled a new effort on Monday to win greater leeway to grow genetically modified crops in Europe. European Union experts deadlocked Monday on whether France and Greece should lift their bans on growing the sole bioengineered seed approved for planting: an insect-resistant corn […]
from NYTs Last May, protesters took over James E. Rogers’s front lawn in Charlotte, N.C., unfurling banners declaring “No new coal” and erecting a makeshift “green power plant” — which, they said in a press release, was fueled by “the previously unexplored energy source known as hot air, which has been found in large concentrations” […]
from BW.com At one time, business schools “greened” their MBA curriculums in response to a new wave of students for whom sustainability was more than just a catchphrase. It was a core value. That time, however, has passed. Today, business schools are continuing to ramp up their efforts for green curricula, but for a much […]
from Forbes Wind and solar developers are counting on President-elect Barack Obama to make good on his promise to put renewable energy at the top of the agenda when he enters the White House Tuesday. They need the help. Following their best year ever, with wind and solar electricity-generating capacity nearly doubling, they’re now reeling […]