“This building puts 4,450 households on two acres and it is actually designed with energy conservation in mind. By going huge they are getting tremendous manufacturing efficiencies; by going vertical they get the kind of repetition that makes it affordable. By going half a mile high and 220 stories they are going to get noticed.”
A recent study estimates how much fish China’s distant-water fleet has been catching around the world. During that decade to 2011, China has reported to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations an average yearly overseas catch of 368,000 tonnes. The actual numbers, according to the authors of the study who did detective work around the world, are closer to 4.6 million tonnes a year, over 12 times (!!!) the reported amount. Enough to make a big difference in the health of global fisheries, and enough to make any models of those fisheries significantly off.
I am celebrating Earth Hour this year not because it saves a whole lot of energy; I will admit that one hour doesn’t make a whole lot of difference and that driving to an Earth Hour event across town might be counterproductive. I am celebrating Earth Hour to stand up against negativity. To stand with millions around the world in a visible demonstration that we actually care about the planet, about climate change, about the future.
Gardeners, where are you getting your seeds? With hybrids and genetically modified seeds becoming more prevalent, it’s important to remember that all seeds are not created equal! Start your garden right with heirloom seeds. Here are some of the companies we like most: 10 Heirloom Seed Companies Pioneering a Revival
"Looking back, I underestimated the risks. The planet and the atmosphere seem to be absorbing less carbon than we expected, and emissions are rising pretty strongly. Some of the effects are coming through more quickly than we thought then."
Ocean plastic pollution is a serious issue. Plastics that have made their way into open waters are often mistaken for food by marine animals — and it is no wonder when you look at plastic objects the way photographer Kim Prestonhas positioned them. Floating among the infinite blue, plastic objects look like jellies, fish, polyps and other edible sealife. And as Preston’s work also highlights, a world of plastic “life”forms is what we are quickly turning our oceans into.