Amy Westervelt

127 Flips | 7 Magazines | 3 Likes | 26 Following | 25 Followers | @AmyWestervelt | Journalist. Co-founder of Climate Confidential

The California drought is a problem Silicon Valley isn't helping to solve

While some water technology companies take on solving California’s drought, tech kingpins prefer to follow the money to mobile apps and internet startups<p>California’s drought – which last year is estimated to have cost the state’s agriculture industry $1.5bn and more than 17,000 seasonal jobs – has …

20 Online and App Resources to Help You Boost and Improve Productivity

Being a leader of a company or organization is certainly a difficult and often frustrating position – but it can also be tremendously …

Self-improvement

You think writing’s a dream job? It’s more like a horror film

A new poll reveals that 60% of Britons long to be an author. It can be a good life, for sure – but could they handle the insecurity, loneliness and paranoia?<p>A YouGov poll that has just been released rates being an author the most desirable job in Britain – with 60% of people saying they’d like to …

Writing

Depression: A Forever-Kind of Illness

I overheard my husband describing my health to someone on the phone the other day.<p>“She’s definitely better,” he said. “She’s trying a lot of new …

'The Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom in a Generation'

A New York Times reporter's accusation that the Obama administration engages in censorship raises questions about when journalism slides into advocacy.<p>Many reporters have contentious relationships with sources and with the government, but James Risen is in a class of his own. The veteran <i>New York</i> …

Journalism

Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work

<b>How the experiment was done</b><p>The researchers, led by Prof. Victoria Talwar of McGill’s Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology, left each child …

Psychology

Why Is William Bronk Perennially Under-read?

By Dan Piepenbring February 17, 2015<p>On Poetry<p>William Bronk<p>Whenever anyone mentions William Bronk, they usually preface the word <i>poet</i> with <i>obscure</i>, or <i>little known</i>, or <i>forgotten</i>. Bronk—born February 17, 1918; he died in 1999—is apparently read so rarely that Daniel Wolff’s piece on him in last spring’s</i> …

‘Democracy at risk if the media allows ad money to influence news’

A senior Telegraph writer has resigned over alleged influence from advertisers on the paper.

Journalism

Steven Brill details business model of his new journalism venture

Media entrepreneur Steven Brill, in a wide-ranging interview with Vox published Friday, shed some light on the business model underpinning the …

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

Facebook still suspending Native Americans over 'real name' policy

Changes to Facebook’s “real name” policy have failed to stop users from being suspended from the site, leading activists to renew their push to have the tech giant change its policy.<p>Dana Lone Hill, a Native American, had her account reinstated last week after being asked to provide multiple forms …

Republicans Go Full Steam at Obama’s Energy and Climate Agenda

The en­ergy battle between con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans and the White House is on.<p>Wed­nes­day, the House will vote to send le­gis­la­tion …

Going negative

Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere<p>To combat climate change, President Obama has called for an 80 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) …

Scientists seek international authority on climate geoengineering

San José (United States) (AFP) - US scientists and legal experts are calling for a strong, international authority to regulate any man-made …

Want Your City to Thrive? Look to Its Trees

Communities like Culver City, California, are focusing on urban forest plans to help protect a major economic and environmental asset: the tree canopy.<p>To paraphrase a beloved children's book, trees are nice—they give us oxygen, filter air pollutants, and absorb rainwater. Plus, research shows that …

Culver City

IPCC: Climate change accord likely

<b>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says reaching a limited climate change accord by the end of 2015 is possible.</b><p>“I am optimistic,” …

NASA Warns That This Century Could See Crippling Megadroughts

This week, NASA published its most robust study looking at drought prediction—and the news isn't good. Within the next century, the American …

How businesses are putting wearables to work

The next wave of wearables promises everything from smart rings and watches to connected headbands and headphones, but it’s actually the business implications for wearable devices that have many of us so excited.<p>While some observers believe we are still several years away from seeing wearables roll …

Wearable Tech

Tale of Two Seals: Winners and Losers in a Warming Arctic - ImaGeo

By Tom Yulsman | February 15, 2015 3:46 pm<p>A ringed seal pup outfitted with a satellite-linked transmitter just prior to being released as part of a …

What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women

Business Silicon Valley Tech Industry<p>On a spring afternoon last year at an outdoor café in San Francisco, two denizens of the tech community sketched …

More infectious diseases emerging because of climate change

The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says …

When the Snows Fail

SIERRA NEVADA, NEAR JUNE LAKE California’s iconic Sierra Nevada act as the region’s water towers, collecting and storing snow each winter and filling rivers with snowmelt each spring.<p>SHASTA DAM, CA The dam is one of the tallest in the state, and some politicians are lobbying to build it taller …

Colorado River

Staying afloat amid climate change

South Florida is Ground Zero for the effects of climate change. With 2.4 million residents living no more than four feet above sea level, we have …

Sea Level

Clean Water for a Billion People: The Transformative Power of Incentives

What I learned about the power of incentives from Peter Diamandis's 'Abundance: The Future Is Brighter Than You Think.'<p>I've been reading Peter Diamandis's <i>Abundance: The Future Is Brighter Than You Think</i>. I am both intrigued and fired up over the way he views the potential of the next few decades. …

Peter Diamandis

Scientists: We Cannot Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis

When Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, the volcano shot 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere. Those particles …

New Brain Decoder Could Boost Neuroscience Research

Human attention isn’t stable, ever, and it costs us: lives lost when drivers space out, billions of dollars wasted on inefficient work, and mental …