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Al Gore: The Future

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In his new book, the former U.S. Vice-President asks, "What are the drivers of global change?"

Al Gore at Huffington Post: Almost a decade ago, someone asked me a question, "What are the drivers of global change?" I've spent a lot of time over the last eight years thinking about it, and have dedicated much of the last two years to researching, writing and refining my conclusions. The result is my new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. The book will be released on January......read more

Watch a Plasticine Animation About Population Explosion

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'Crowded' is a dystopian story of our jam-packed planet

With the global population at 7.2 billion and growing at a rate of almost 400,000 people a day (!), overpopulation is as timely a topic as ever. London-based artists Andrew Khosravani and Cristina Florit Gomila explore the issue in "Crowded," a stunner of a stop-motion animation created almost entirely in plasticene. Over a year in the works, the piece represents the pair's desire to explore the......read more

Whither the Monarch

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Another insect appears headed for an unprecedented population crash

The monarch butterfly appears to be experiencing a massive population crash, the likes of which hasn't been seen before. The butterflies, which migrate to Mexico in the fall, have been appearing there in shockingly low numbers. Last year there were 60 million, a record low that that seems enormous compared with the fewer than three million that have shown up so far this year. From the New York......read more

A Year on the Road: Population 1

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A day in a forgotten border town

This is a story of a man who calls himself the sheriff, the mayor, and the town drunk. He is Population: 1 in a forgotten town just off the border of Mexico. After 1941, the last resident left this mining encampment and no one ever came back... except for Sundog. After traveling for 14 years, he landed in this ghost town living as the miners did; without electricity or running......read more

Bees Bummed About Cell Phones

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Signals from mobile phones may be partly to blame for mysterious decline of bee populations around the world

Bee populations around the world are in massive decline, with scientists blaming it on a lack of genetic diversity, urbanization, and increased pesticide use. Now, Swiss scientists have discovered a surprising new culprit that doesn't seem so nefarious from here: our cell phones. The researchers conducted 83 different experiments in which cell phones were placed inside bee hives, and the bees'......read more

Bees in Decline

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Bumblebee populations are in freefall, but you can help.

According to a comprehensive study of bumblebees in the US, the populations of four of the most common species have declined by 96% in the last few decades, and their geographic ranges have declined 23%-87% in the past twenty-odd years. And the shocking figures are not unique to the US; in the UK, three of 25 bumblebee species are already extinct, and half of the remaining species have shown......read more

Australia Could Source 100% of Power From Renewables by 2050

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Without Massive Costs or Depressing Economic Growth

Australia is well placed to reduce emissions at low cost because the costs of carbon-free technologies such as wind and solar have fallen significantly in recent years. A WWF report produced in collaboration with the Australian National University argues Australia could source 100% of its power from renewables by 2050 – without incurring massive adjustment costs or depressing economic......read more

Jon Hopkins 'Immunity' Video

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This time-lapse of crystal growth is an audio/visual feast

To mark the forthcoming release of Immunity, Jon Hopkins' debut LP, the techno producer partnered with art director Craig Ward, biochemist Linden Gledhill, and The Creators Project to put out this perfect teaser video. Hopkins' warm, layered sounds provide the audio track for a time-lapse of various immiscible liquids, dyes and chemicals interacting under a microscope.  "Jon's music is......read more

Renewable Energy Booming in Several States

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New figures from the Energy Information Administration show clean energy growth over the last decade

With fossil fuels meeting the vast majority of America's energy needs, our clean energy future is a long ways off. But in the last decade, renewable power use has taken off, with some states now meeting over 20 percent of their energy needs from wind, solar, biomass and other alternative fuels. At Co.Exist, Ben Schiller points to new data from the Energy Information Administration that shows the......read more

3 Ideas for Stimulating Green Growth

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Why cutting carbon emissions is good for the economy

With the new year underway, we are at a crossroads. While the world economy doggedly refuses to turn around, global warming continues to accelerate, posing increasing threats to vulnerable communities. Many, like our friendly Republican presidential candidates, argue that dealing with climate change in the midst of an economic crisis will hinder recovery efforts. The truth, as Manish Bapna......read more

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