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"Glacier Exit", A Portrait Of Rapid Environmental Change

"Glacier Exit", A Portrait Of Rapid Environmental Change

Nature Videos

Filmmaker Raphael Rogers stood on the ice dunes of the glaciers of Alaska in the midst of a snowy winter. The silence and majesty of the mountains surrounding us, the bluest ice we had ever seen and the steady rush of ice turned to water. 

Thailand: Turning Straw Into Gold

Thailand: Turning Straw Into Gold

Innovation Nature Videos

Huge amounts of rice straw are left over after the harvest in Thailand. Farmers often burn it, which is terrible for the environment. A young entrepreneur has found a new use for the material. Turned into paper, it can replace plastic food packaging.

Sea Level Rise: A Small California Town Embraces Managed Retreat

Sea Level Rise: A Small California Town Embraces Managed Retreat

Nature

At a time when Del Mar, Pacifica and other coastal cities are fighting to defend their homes and roads from the rising sea, Marina has embarked on a path less traveled. Here in this Army turned university town, residents are learning how to adjust with the ocean as the water moves inland.

The Cost Of Keeping Singapore Squeaky Clean

The Cost Of Keeping Singapore Squeaky Clean

Cities Economics Nature

Founding father and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew kicked off the Keep Singapore Clean campaign 50 years ago. The aim wasn’t just to make the city more pleasant. A cleaner city, Lee Kuan Yew reasoned, would create a stronger economy.

How To Cut Your Laundry Cost In Half In An Eco-Friendly Way

How To Cut Your Laundry Cost In Half In An Eco-Friendly Way

Innovation Nature

Life Without Plastic’s Dilutable Laundry Bar, packaged in a recyclable paper sleeve, can be broken down and dissolved in a 64-ounce bottle you already have on hand, filled with water from your own tap. The resultant mixture will handle up to 125 loads, the company says.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

Cities Economics Nature

The shopping mall would have been inconceivable without air conditioning, as would the deep-plan and glass-walled office block, as would computer servers. The expansion of tract housing in postwar suburban America relied on affordable domestic air conditioning units.

How Earth Would Look If All The Ice Melted

How Earth Would Look If All The Ice Melted

Nature Videos World

As National Geographic showed us, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world’s major cities.

What Would Happen If Earth Started To Spin Faster?

What Would Happen If Earth Started To Spin Faster?

Nature Science

The equator spins at 1,037 mph, whereas Chicago takes a more leisurely (approximately 750 mph) pace. If we could speed up Earth’s rotation by one mile per hour, the sea level around the equator would rise by a few inches as water migrates there from the poles.

How The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting To Buy The Global Youth Climate Movement

How The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting To Buy The Global Youth Climate Movement

Business Nature

Subjecting themselves to a cohort of skeptical students was an opportunity for oil and gas executives to boost their credibility in an era when many young activists will only engage with them with picket signs. Young activists say they’re seeing more of this “youth-washing” as the global youth climate movement gains momentum.

The Air Conditioning Trap: How Cold Air Is Heating The World

The Air Conditioning Trap: How Cold Air Is Heating The World

Long Reads Nature

Warmer temperatures lead to more air conditioning; more air conditioning leads to warmer temperatures. The problem posed by air conditioning resembles, in miniature, the problem we face in tackling the climate crisis. The solutions that we reach for most easily only bind us closer to the original problem.

How The Nile Can Provide Life And Divide Nations

How The Nile Can Provide Life And Divide Nations

Nature Videos World

The Nile river plays a central role for all nations through which it flows and it forces them to cooperate. At the same time, the sharing of water can also lead to tensions. This video focuses on these two aspects by looking at two construction projects along the Nile.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
Why Fashion Is Worse Than Flying

Why Fashion Is Worse Than Flying

Nature

The fashion industry accounts for about 10% of global carbon emissions, and nearly 20% of wastewater. And while the environmental impact of flying is now well known, fashion sucks up more energy than both aviation and shipping combined.

The Green Sludge That Could Transform Our Diets

The Green Sludge That Could Transform Our Diets

Food Nature

One potential alternative food source – both for humans and the animals we eat – is algae. Microalgae is rich in protein, amino acids, fatty acids, and vitamins. Could the green stuff that appears on ponds and lakes after a particularly warm spell be the answer to the planet’s food security problems?

Antarctica Melting: Climate Change And The Journey To The 'Doomsday Glacier'

Antarctica Melting: Climate Change And The Journey To The 'Doomsday Glacier'

Nature Science

Icefin has reached the point at which the warm ocean water meets the wall of ice at the front of the mighty Thwaites glacier – the point where this vast body of ice begins to melt. Glaciologists have described Thwaites as the “most important” glacier in the world, the “riskiest” glacier, even the “doomsday” glacier.

Design Schemes To Survive Climate Change

Design Schemes To Survive Climate Change

Architecture Design Innovation Nature

A new generation of ­architects, designers, and experts is creating infrastructure and buildings that respond to both extreme conditions and ongoing stress. Here’s a look at some of the most ­innovative approaches to living in a ­increasingly apocalyptic world.

Who Owns Antartica?

Who Owns Antartica?

Nature Politics World

Ever since Roald Amundsen planted his flag on the South Pole, the issue of Antarctica’s ownership has been a thorny one. But in 1959, a pioneering deal was reached to preserve and help save the environment. This is the story and impact of the Antarctic Treaty and the pressures the continent still faces.

A Banana Grown At Subzero Temps Also Has An Edible Peel

A Banana Grown At Subzero Temps Also Has An Edible Peel

Food Innovation Nature Science

A Japanese farm introduced a new crop this winter: an organic banana with a peel that’s thin enough to eat. In a nod to this appealing outer covering, Setsuzo Tanaka, the banana’s inventor, has named his creation the Mongee (“mon-gay”) banana — which means “incredible banana” in Japanese.

Russian Cows Fitted With Virtual-Reality Headsets

Russian Cows Fitted With Virtual-Reality Headsets

Innovation Nature Tech

The grass is greener in a virtual world. That’s what Moscow region farmers were aiming for when they fitted their dairy cows with virtual-reality headsets to test their milk production. “Experts noted reduced anxiety and improved overall emotional mood in the herd” during the VR experiment, said the regional agriculture administration.

How A Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost At Sea

How A Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost At Sea

Nature

On November 25, 2019, Chris Carney and his two-man crew, Pete Brown and Jun Sumiyama, set off from Japan on their way to Hawaii in a 42-foot sailboat. This is the story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing.

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
The World's Most Beautiful Homes Are Also Down To Earth

The World's Most Beautiful Homes Are Also Down To Earth

Architecture Design Nature

‘The Art of Earth Architecture: Past, Present, Future’ is both an informative global survey of buildings made from the technique—from ancient Egypt to today—and a call to action: Conventional construction is killing the planet, and we need to introduce more ecologically minded techniques into the fold.

In Arizona, A Case Study In How Architecture Can Adapt To Climate Change

In Arizona, A Case Study In How Architecture Can Adapt To Climate Change

Architecture Innovation Nature

In Phoenix, just above the Sonoran Desert, an architecture firm has built an office space as a model of regenerative architecture, which uses existing natural resources to create more life. Through implementing a regenerative design, the firm has been able to increase biodiversity and sustainably harness the sun’s natural energy.

China's Man-Made Forest In The Desert

China's Man-Made Forest In The Desert

Nature Videos World

In 1986, the city of Aksu in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region began an ambitious tree-planting project that looked to turn swaths of desert into forest. The result was over 13 million acres of green that became the Kekeya greening project.

Where Oil Rigs Go To Die

Where Oil Rigs Go To Die

Long Reads Nature

The world has a problem with its oil rigs. There are too many of them. When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breaker’s yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business.

The Last Days Of John Allen Chau

The Last Days Of John Allen Chau

Crime Long Reads Nature World

In the fall of 2018, the 26-year-old American missionary traveled to a remote speck of sand and jungle in the Indian Ocean, attempting to convert one of the planet’s last uncontacted tribes to Christianity. The islanders killed him, and Chau was pilloried around the world as a deluded Christian supremacist who deserved to die.

How To Prepare Now For The Complete End Of The World

How To Prepare Now For The Complete End Of The World

Life Long Reads Nature

Some people now are considering what it means to live in a world that could be shut down by a pandemic. But some people are already living like this. Some do it because they just like it. Some do it because they think the end has, in fact, already begun to arrive.

The Subtle Seduction Of The ‘Warm’ In Global Warming

The Subtle Seduction Of The ‘Warm’ In Global Warming

Nature

In a report called “Most Like It Hot,” the Pew Research Center found that 57 percent of Americans prefer to live in a city with a hot climate, and only 29 percent prefer cold locales. Could our collective preference for balmy weather be lulling us into a false sense of complacency toward climate change?

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here

Long Reads Nature

The climate crises will spell our doom, a disaster that’s not merely on its way—it’s already here. Rosecrans Baldwin embeds with the government agents and the doomsday experts preparing now for the plagues, and the panics, and the fast-approaching day when life on our warming planet finally falls apart.

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