Vanishing Island.

This short documentary profiles residents of the Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana, as they confront a future threatened by sinking shorelines and rising seas. Produced by: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. nytimes.com/video
 

 
 
 
 





Jon Stewart cannot get over the Republican party's "willful blindness" on global warming to the point where they're even ignoring EPA heads for Republicans presidents (including "the great Ronald Reagan") advising them to do something about global warming. Obviously, Stewart said, these science believers in the GOP are "traitors" and must be stopped. He marveled at how Republicans continue to question global warming with the qualifier "I'm not a scientist" as if that's supposed to make things better.

Stewart realized there's only one way to get Republicans on the right side of the issue: "Barack Obama must become a global warming denier."

 

 
 
 
 





Think you aren't being fooled by advertising tricks? Take a look at this so-called expert revealing food marketing's secret weapon.

No amount of marketing makes factory farming acceptable. You can stop the spin at www.ciwf.org.uk/truth
 

 
 
 
 





Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the differences between weather and climate change on the season's last episode of Cosmos: Mondays at 9 on National Geographic or on cosmosontv.com
 

 
 
 
 





Did you know that you can produce electricity by just walking? Angelo Casimiro, A 15-year-old student from Philippines, has invented a shoe insole that generates electricity solely by walking!

GoogleScienceFair 2014: goo.gl/fXW0H4
Instructables: www.instructables.com/member/A...
 

 
 
 
 





The Legacy of The Exxon Valdez (2008): Oil is still polluting the shores and bankrupted fishermen are still waiting for the $5 billion payout granted in 1994.

Exxon Valdez leaked more than 40 million litres of crude oil into Alaska's pristine waterways nineteen years ago. Today, oil is still polluting the shores and bankrupted fishermen are still waiting for the $5 billion payout granted in 1994.

After a series of appeals by the company, $5 billion became $2.5. Now that the case has reached the increasingly pro-business US Supreme Court, fishermen fear they could end up with nothing. While ExxonMobil claims the area has returned to robust health, locals tell of vastly depleted fish stocks, which almost disappeared after the spill. ExxonMobil claims the fish fell victim to a virus, a theory disputed by the fishermen, who are backed by scientific evidence: "The fish can't disappear like they're telling the public. [Exxon's]] explanation just isn't practical," says an expert. As the legal case drags on, a fifth of the plaintiffs have died and the rest have lost hope. For them, Exxon has already won no matter what. Yet the oil giant keeps repeating that the spill was a tragic accident and that the company has acted responsibly towards the local communities. Fishermen whose livelihoods were ruined feel cheated: "Exxon says that everything's coming back and everything's fine - it's a lie." ABC Australia.

 
 
 
 





China View reporters visited a woman in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (Uxin, Ordos). She and her husband have dedicated themselves to planting trees and fighting desertification for nearly three decades.
 

 
 
 
 





The US Navy is turning seawater into fuel. Scientists at the US Naval Research Lab have been able to extract CO2 and hydrogen from the ocean and repackage it in a form of fuel that could one day power the Navy's fleet. So far they have successfully flown a model airplane burning the re-engineered seawater.

“We've been actually able to show that we can recombine CO2 and hydrogen in the laboratory on a lab-scale, laboratory scale, into a liquid-type fuel,” Dr Willauer says.

Unfortunately the process requires a lot of electrical energy.

 
 
 
 





How To Use One Paper Towel. R. P. Joe Smith served as a District Attorney in Umatilla County and nearly won a race for Oregon Attorney General without taking a single contribution over $99.99. He is a former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party and is active with several local nonprofits.
 

 
 
 
 





Little movie about a ticket for riding a bike in nyc, not in the bike lane.

youtube.com/user/caseyneistat


 

 
 
 
 





What's a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world's oceans might just help to feed the planet's billion hungriest people. In an eye-opening talk, Savitz tells us what's really going on in our global fisheries right now — it's not good — and offers smart suggestions of how we can help them heal, while making more food for all.

Read transcript here: www.ted.com
 

 
 
 
 





Glaciologist Eric Rignot of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine, narrates this animation depicting the processes leading to the decline of six rapidly melting glaciers in West Antarctica. A new study by Rignot and others finds the rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

The study presents multiple lines of evidence, incorporating 40 years of observations that indicate the glaciers in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica "have passed the point of no return," according to glaciologist and lead author Eric Rignot.

These glaciers already contribute significantly to sea level rise, releasing almost as much ice into the ocean annually as the entire Greenland Ice Sheet. They contain enough ice to raise global sea level by 4 feet (1.2 meters) and are melting faster than most scientists had expected. Rignot said these findings will require an upward revision to current predictions of sea level rise.

"This sector will be a major contributor to sea level rise in the decades and centuries to come," Rignot said. "A conservative estimate is it could take several centuries for all of the ice to flow into the sea."

Full press release at: www.jpl.nasa.gov
Read the NYTimes Article here: www.nytimes.com

 

 
 
 
 





Deforestation causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all trains, planes and automobiles combined. What can we do to change this contributor to global warming? Suzanne Simard examines how the complex, symbiotic networks of our forests mimic our own neural and social networks -- and how those connections might make all the difference.

View full lesson: ed.ted.com/lessons/the-network...

 

 
 
 
 





John Oliver hosts a mathematically representative climate change debate, with the help of special guest Bill Nye the Science Guy, of course.
 

 
 
 
 





Bette Midler on Her Passion for Rebuilding Community Gardens.
The entertainer talks to Architectural Digest about her nonprofit, the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2015, a full two years ahead of schedule. www.nyrp.org


 

 
 
 
 





Shane Smith embarks on an expedition to investigate why Greenland is melting, and the fact that the resulting sea level rise will mean devastation sooner than expected. This is his debrief from Season 2, Episode 2 of VICE on HBO. news.vice.com
 

 
 
 
 





Shai Reshef believes higher education is a right, not a privilege. In January 2009, he founded University of the People, a nonprofit, tuition-free, online university dedicated to opening up higher education to anyone in the world with a high school diploma and a willingness to learn — “regardless of who they are, where they live or what society says about them,” Reshef says at TED2014.

“We open the gates for every qualified student,” he says. “Any student from any part of the world with an Internet connection can study with us. We don’t use audio; we don’t use video; broadband isn’t necessary.” University of the People currently serves students from 143 countries, including Syria, the US, South Africa, Jordan and Nigeria.

The way the university works is this, Reshef says: University of the People keeps costs down by forgoing a brick-and-mortar institution and traditional textbooks, and by using volunteer staff  — from administration to instructors — out of a group of 3,000 who offered their time. Professors from elite institutions all over the world, including New York University, Oxford University, Yale University and the University of California Berkeley volunteer their time freely. “Using open educational resources and the generosity of our professors, we don’t need to send students to buy textbooks,” he says, “All of our materials come free — even professors.”

The only cost that students face is a $100 fee per each final exam taken, and Reshef works to make sure that “nobody be left behind for financial reasons,” through scholarships and support for any student who need it. Right now, the University offers two academic programs — business administration and computer science — and that decision is purposeful, Reshef says, as “these are the two professions that are most in demand worldwide, and the likeliest to help our students to find a job.”

Just last month, University of the People received full accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council — “the ultimate academic endorsement” — a milestone that only presses Reshef to work harder to open education up to more students. “We’ve demonstrated that our model works,” he says, “It’s our time now to scale up.”

“A new era is coming,” he says, “the disruption of the higher education model as we know it today — from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.” uopeople.edu

Shai Reshef is an Israeli businessman and educational entrepreneur. He holds an MA from the University of Michigan in Chinese Politics. He lives in Pasadena, California with his family.
 

 
 
 
 





Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth. What he found was a new way to power the world, as graphene (pure carbon) stores and releases large amounts of energy very rapidly.

www.chem.ucla.edu
 

 
 
 
 





In this excerpt, Gabor Forgacs, PhD (University of Missouri-Columbia & Modern Meadow), explains the work being done to build things like meat and leather in the lab that are suitable for human consumption and use.

At the December 12, 2013, conference Frontiers in Agricultural Sustainability: Studying the Protein Supply Chain to Improve Dietary Quality, speakers from different sectors in nutrition and health, including academia, non-governmental organizations, the food industry, and start-up companies, discussed sustainable solutions to the world's food needs. The conference, presented by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, focused on improving the protein supply chain, especially through programs designed to increase access to a high-quality diet for malnourished populations.

View the full talk, along with other videos from the conference here: www.nyas.org/ProteinSupply
 

 
 
 
 





Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, Permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.

Paul is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer's techniques for which a recent study showed they have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.
 

 
 
 
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