A Sustainable Planet
All human advances have been connected to advances in producing and using energy from Earth’s natural resources. Those resources are finite, and we are now at a crossroads. The paths we take will be key to our future.
Earth has endured and survived extreme climate change more than once, with varying impacts on natural life. This time is different. We know the history. We know what’s happening and the impact of our own actions. We understand the limits to crucial resources and what will happen if we do nothing. Most importantly, we have the ability to correct our course in pursuit of a viable future. Are we up to the challenge?
Could it be possible to set aside half the earth’s land and sea for nature by the year 2050? Former New Yorker staff writer Tony Hiss investigated the feasibility of this ambitious idea proposed by biologist Edward O. Wilson and emerged inspired and surprisingly optimistic. These efforts are already underway and must focus immediately on a few dozen threatened “hotspots,” home to an enormous percentage of Earth’s plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Read more »
Soon, if not already, the weight of all the plastic in the world’s oceans will weigh more than all of the oceans’ fish, but plastic pollution is everywhere, not just in the oceans.
Human history can be viewed as a repeating spiral of ingenuity—ratchet (technological breakthrough), hatchet (resulting natural disaster), and pivot (inventing new solutions). Whether we can pivot effectively from the last Big Ratchet remains to be seen. Read more »
With all of Earth’s five mass extinctions, the climate changed faster than any species could adapt. The current extinction has the same random and rapid properties, but it’s unique in that it’s caused entirely by the actions of a single species—humans. Read more »
Human social development, says Morris, is constantly generated by environmental and social factors. The amount of energy that can be extracted from the environment through technology defines the social possibilities, and thus influences the attitudes and world view of each epoch. Read more »
Travel the Journey
Is THIS the Real Reason Weather is Getting Wilder?
Learn the way that climate change is causing extreme storms, drought and floods.
Can Sea Water Desalination Save The World?
Globally, one out of three people don’t have ready access to safe drinking water. Why can’t we just take seawater, filter out the salt, and have an unlimited supply of clean, fresh water? Find out why this is a last resort.
Mr. Trash Wheel Is Keeping Baltimore Rivers Clean
What has googly eyes and is cleaning up the harbor of Baltimore, USA? Meet the Trash Wheel Family – Mr. Trash Wheel, Professor Trash Wheel, Captain Trash Wheel, and Gwynnda the Good Wheel of the West.
The Threat from Climate Tipping Points
Is one degree of warming really that big a deal? Yes it is, and find out why it could lead to even greater climate threats.
The world may be on the cusp of its first true energy transition, but more ambitious public policies and technological innovations are needed.