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Declining Demand for Coal

Written by , on September 27, 2013

In a sign of the time. the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has turned down a bid of 21 cents a ton for the right to mine 167 million tons of coal in Wyoming. The bid is just 20% of the price paid for similar deposits a year ago and the lowest price since 1998. […]  Read more »

Insurance Industry Report Finds Increasiing Weather Catastrophes

Written by , on September 27, 2013

The leading international insurance and risk management think tank, has released a report showing that “ocean warming has effectively caused a shift towards a ‘new normal” for a number of insurance-relevant hazards’.  Read more »

Peak Water

Written by , on June 5, 2013

The US Geological Survey has released a report highlighting the alarming rate of groundwater depletion in the United States. The report says that between 1900 and 2008, the US lost 1,000 cubic kilometers of water from its 40 major aquifers – that's an average rate of 9.2 cubic kilometres a year. Even more alarming is […]  Read more »

New Nanotechnology to Clean Polluted Water

Written by , on May 9, 2013

Scientists from Australia's Deakin University, together with French colleagues, say that they have manufactured a lightweight and reusable material that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in a wide range of spilt oils, chemical solvents and dyes, while repelling water. Deakin University's Dr Wei Wei Lei said that "The effective removal of oils, organic […]  Read more »

Food Footsteps from a Rooftop Greenhouse

Written by , on April 17, 2013

Green walls and roof gardens have become extremely fashionable. One New York supermarket is taking the idea two steps further. Rather than just plant any greenery on the roof, Whole Foods is partnering with Gotham Greens to construct an 1,860 square metre greenhouse on its roof. As well as the usual benefits of a green […]  Read more »

Sahara Forest Project Progress

Written by , on April 13, 2013

Back in 2008, we wrote about the Sahara Forest Project – a plan to use solar power and seawater desalination to produce renewable energy, food and water in an area of desert. As shown in this video, the first fully operational pilot plant has now been built.  A documentary about the people and progress of […]  Read more »

Desalination Process Uses Cuts Energy Needed by 99%

Written by , on March 23, 2013

Engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp say that they have developed a desalination process which requires just 1% of the energy needed in the best systems currently available. The process enables the engineers to produce thin graphene carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in diameter. These holes are large enough to allow water to […]  Read more »

Vegetation Advancing North

Written by , on March 22, 2013

As the warming climate causes ice and snow to retreat, vegetation is increasing towards the Arctic. A new analysis of satellite data, collected since 1982, has revealed a vigorous increase in vegetation growth between the 45th parallel north and the Arctic Ocean. In many places, the climate has shifted north by as much as 4 […]  Read more »

Wealth Inequality in the U.S. & Australia

Written by , on March 11, 2013

The video clip below graphically describes the shocking disparity in wealth between the richest and poorest groups of Americans. The video points out that the wealth disparity is very different from what most Americans think is the case and what they would want it to be and includes a chart illustrating this. A similar Australian […]  Read more »

Reversing Desertification with Holistic Farming

Written by , on March 8, 2013

Large areas of grasslands in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other countries are turning into barren deserts. An estimated one-third of the Earth’s surface is covered with grasslands that are facing the threat of desertification.  Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean biologist who has been working on this problem since […]  Read more »