Most inspiring story of the year.
This autobiography tells the incredible story of an enterprising teenager in Malawi who builds a windmill from scraps found around his village and brings electricity--and a futureâ€”to himself and his family.
BBC News reports that key states have reached what they call "a meaningful agreement" at the Copenhagen climate summit. In the press conference, President Obama called the agreement a "historic step forward". But no one, including the leaders involved, believe it's enough to halt global warming. Obama said the US, China, Brazil, India and South Africa had "agreed to......read more
With all good intentions, the climate talks in Copenhagen illicited less than they might have. There's a non-binding deal to fight global warming, but there was no agreement on binding limits of greenhouse gases linked to climate change. The process is moving forward in long-term goals just enough to enable the president to characterize the talks as not a total loss. He admited it was......read more
Among the cost-cutting measures in its 2010 budget, the White House has 86â€™d longstanding subsidies to the oil and gas industriesâ€”casualties of both the swollen deficit and a larger initiative towards clean energy. And that initiative, an Obama talking point since the campaign trail, is being presented as more than just an environmental opportunity. In order to get the public and......read more
Interesting op-ed piece in the Guardian today arguing that China bears ultimate responsibility for failure of the Copenhagen talks. "Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and......read more
During the final week of the Copenhagen climate talks, Bolivian president Evo Morales emerged as one of the most outspoken opponents of the UNFCC climate negotiations and its free-market, capitalist approach. In the past such socialist provocations would be ignored, but there is a reason everyone is listening to Evo now. If it weren't for Bolivia, the electric car industry wouldn't even......read more
This Brower Youth Award video will inspire you. Adarsha is a remarkable young boy who, with the help of his family, initiated a way to make a dent in the climate change issues in India. After researching, he came upon a plant, jatropha, whihc can be used as a biofuel, and incorporated it with a mandate to empower women in india to help lift them out of poverty. This kid could seriously be a......read more
Living Light by David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang (aka â€œThe Livingâ€œ) is a permanent outdoor pavilion in the heart of Seoul with a dynamic skin that glows and blinks in response to both data about air quality and public interest in the environment. The skin of the pavilion is a giant map of Seoul with the 27 neighborhood (gu) boundaries redrawn based on existing air quality sensors of the......read more
Never one to withhold his opinion on how everyone should make the world a better place, Irish rocker Bono proffered ten ideas with the potential to change the world in a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times. Among them is the "equal right to pollute" idea, a controversial climate change solution which is a sort of spin on the "cap-and'trade" idea. Says the singer:......read more