The EPA’s going to release draft rules governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Environmental writer and advocate Sandra Steingraber is using her Heinz Award prize money ($100,000) to start New Yorkers Against Fracking. The world’s going to pass a few climate change tipping points very soon. Republicans and Democrats agree: They should spend some time publicly fighting over oil industry tax breaks. Bipartisanship! Keystone XL won’t be the only pipeline connecting Canada and the Gulf Coast. TransCanada’s competitors are planning pipelines, too.
If you like cool weather and not having to club your neighbors as you battle for scarce resources, now's the time to move to Canada, because the story of the 21st century is almost written.
The Pacific Ocean’s Pole of Inaccessibility, aka Point Nemo, is 1,670 miles from the nearest land. It’s the furthest you can get from terrestrial lifeforms without launching yourself into space.
The subspecies of hipster that's into self-righteous eco-consciousness has been parodied before. But it has no more savage (or funnier) critics than Dom and Adrian, a pair of personas put on by Australian dudes who work in advertising.
If your modular furniture from IKEA was fashioned from wood harvested on one continent, cut and finished on another, and shipped to yet a third, that’s not exactly sustainable. That’s why design firm Filson and Rohrbacher decided to replace actual furniture with its evanescent, Platonic ideal: pure information. Download the computerized machine-ready plans at their website and you can use them to build just about anything out of anything.
This North Carolina house is made of eco-friendly hemp-based bricks, and the company that makes them wants to start building a similar house in California. Throw in a natty hemp suit and Cheech and Chong’s marijuana-resin car, and you’ve got most of the recipe for an entirely pot-based suburban idyll.
Hey girl, are you tired of the Ryan Gosling “hey girl” meme yet? Haha, LIAR. You’re not, and DoSomething.org knows you’re not, and that’s why they’re using Ryan’s handsome mug to get you to recycle.
The Denver Zoo has to deal with a lot of waste. A good deal of that waste comes from visitors, but the zoo also produces hundreds of thousands of pounds of animal poo each year. Now, zoo engineers have found a positive use for it: They rigged up a poo-powered tuk-tuk. (A tuk-tuk is a motorized rickshaw.) “We want to show people that we’re not crazy for wanting to take elephant poop and turn it into energy,” one engineer told the Denver Post.
Last year, a group of NASA scientists and animators put together this animation of the world’s ocean surface currents, based on ocean flow data for June 2005 to December 2007. The video starts over the Atlantic, and as the globe rotates, you can see the whorls and waves dancing across the ocean, the relative calm of the Pacific, and the stillness around Antarctica. It’s dazzling and hypnotic. We really should be posting this on a Friday afternoon: