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Focus Forward: Short Films/Big Ideas

My biggest challenge in writing this post was picking which film to highlight. Go to Focus Forward where you’ll find a series of 30 three-minute films, “about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention.” World-acclaimed documentarians tell the stories of people with life-changing ideas. A businessman has introduced the internet to 10,000 Pakistanis […]

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NYC Carbon Visualization

How much CO2 do we spew into the atmosphere? The folks at Carbon Visuals tell us that in 2010 in people New York City generated about 54 metric tons, mostly from buildings. Their new short video gives us a sense of what that looks like. Actually, NYC residents have one of the smallest per capita […]

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Saving the Glaciers?

I’ve met farmers who eke a livelihood in the high Andes, and saw how completely dependent they are on water from yet higher. But that water above in many places is drying up from actions of us humans — grazing cattle on the fragile páramo and contributing to global warming. When my son, Eliot, showed […]

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Save the Crabs. Then Eat ‘Em!

This week I saw a news item that gave me reason to cheer: a study finds that the Chesapeake Bay dead zones are coming back to life. This was done by reducing the fertilizer, animal waste and other pollutants. There is a wonderful and creative campaign to get people around the Chesapeake Bay to change […]

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A Lottery to Save the Earth

I’ve never bought a lottery ticket, but I might now. But here’s a lottery that could help us save the planet: Read Helene Gallis’ piece for Worldwatch about a successful Bangalore, India, project where each kilometer passengers travel on the city bus ups their chances of winning a prize. It’s a great incentive for decreasing […]

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