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The Introvert Travel Guide

There's been more talk about introversion in recent years. By now many people finally understand that being an introvert doesn't mean that I'm quiet or shy. I love getting together and chatting it up with people, but preferably in small groups where you can have meaningful conversations rather than …

Travel

Google and the Green Economy: Lessons in Process Innovation

Changing Planet<p><b>Guest post by Samia Mazhar</b><p><i>Global efforts to reach a climate change agreement in Paris later this year are gaining momentum not only in the halls of some parliaments but also in the corporate world. In this guest post, an Australian scholar of project management and innovation, Samia</i> …

The UK Is Building 6 Electric Lagoons To Generate Electricity From The Tides

The British government recently gave the go-ahead to six potential projects, four in Wales and another two in England. The first, on the Welsh coast …

The Eiffel Tower Just Became A Little More Green. Here Are 8 Other Landmarks That Did It First

Two wind turbines have been successfully installed on the Eiffel Tower to offset some of the structure's energy use, renewable energy company UGE and the public service authority in charge of the iconic landmark announced this week.<p>The two turbines, which were placed 400 feet above ground level, …

Gaia Eco-village: the world’s most sustainable community (photos)

Gaia Eco-village is an ecological community in Argentina based on the principles of permaculture, or living in a way that works with nature rather …

Beehive revolution: Honey, just twist the tap

"I remember Cedar sitting around our kitchen table saying, 'there must be a better way' and I just couldn't imagine it, but he kept beavering away …

A House That’s Sustainable From the Inside Out

The builders estimate that less than 1.3 kWh/square foot (14 kWh/square meter) of energy will be needed annually to supply the necessary power and …

The hidden ways traffic flows around us

Going from A to B? Whichever way you choose to travel, Chris Baraniuk discovers the hidden technologies which decide when and how you’ll get there.<p>Get in your car and drive. If there’s one thing that cinema and Bruce Springsteen songs have taught us, it's that there’s nothing freer than the open …

2014 Australian solar report card – the year industry grew up

If the life of a child named “Sunny” was used as an analogy for the Australian Solar Industry, 2008 would be the birth; 2009-2011 would represent its …

Portland’s New Pipes Harvest Power From Drinking Water

Small turbines in the pipes spin in the flowing water, and send that energy into a generator.<p>“It’s pretty rare to find a new source of energy where …

UC Berkeley

Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world's first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Biofuels have a bad reputation for eating up precious land and water resources, as well as pilfering food from the world’s hungry. But a …

Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight after rising threat from climate change, nuclear arsenals

Rising threats from climate change and nuclear arsenals prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global …

Climate Change

This Combination Wind And Solar System Perches On the Edge Of A Building’s Roof

The WindRail is different because it was designed specifically for buildings and takes advantage of its air flows. Developed in Zurich, it’s a …

Why The World’s Salad Bowl Wants To Go High Tech

By Jessica Leber4 minute Read<p>If you’re eating a salad for lunch today, there’s a good chance it came from California’s Salinas Valley, the rich …

Farming

Why The World Isn't Ready For Renewable Energy - And How We Can Be

At 3:59 am on 8 November 2009, Spain’s renewable energy control center registered a milestone: For a gusty moment, more than half of Spain was powered by wind.<p>The brief spike was cause for celebration. Powering the world using nothing but renewable energy is often seen as a naïve dream, despite the …

Electricity Now Grows On Trees — Scientists Unveil Cool Prototype For ‘Wind Tree’ [Video]

Back in the 90s, power companies started to invest in other forms of energy harvesting to be more independent from both oil and coal. For some parts …

funded system

Chewton Primary School – located in the historic goldfields region in central Victoria – has struck gold as it received large financial support from …

Solar Power

A Low-Tech System Gives Your Dirty Shower Water A Second Life

The Gris is made up of four interlocking cells that slope gently down to the center. Water is funneled into one cell at a time, filling each …

Second Life

5 Ways Sitting All Day Screws With Your Health

Too much time on your butt can affect your brain, your blood, your belly, and more<p>For years, we’ve reported on the myriad dangers of sitting, from heart woes to belly fat to a permanent man-shaped indentation in your couch.<p>In fact, Australian researchers estimate that nearly 6 percent of all deaths …

5 Ways to Break Free of the Innovation Myth

Busting the alluring lie that a good idea is all it takes to be more innovative.<p>Peter Drucker used to say, "Good intentions don't move mountains; Bulldozers do!" I'd like to modify that by swapping the word "ideas" for "intentions." Anathema! Ideas are the mother's milk of innovation, right? Not so …

Innovation Democracy: W.L. Gore's Original Management Model | Management Innovation eXchange

<b>The Gore Culture</b><br>Bill Gore built the company on a set of principles and beliefs that guide Gore associates in the decision making they make, the work …

Management

Move, Learn, Eat: A “trip of a lifetime” in 3 minutes of film

Earlier this year, a three-man crew hit the road to visit 11 countries and capture “almost a terabyte” of video footage.<p>After what must have been a …

Volvo Cars Presents Life-Saving Bike Helmet (Wearable Tech) -- 1st In World

<b>Published on</b> December 22nd, 2014 | <i>by Cynthia Shahan</i><p>2<p>Volvo Cars Presents Life-Saving Bike Helmet (Wearable Tech) — 1st In World<p>December 22nd, 2014 by</b> …

Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution

Don't Let Decision-Making Steal Your Time

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

Self-improvement

Entrepreneur Changes Life in Uganda by Turning Waste Into Fuel

Emerging Explorer Sanga Moses tackles social problems and deforestation with cooking briquettes.<p><i>Editor's note:Sanga Moses is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, a designation that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to</i> …

Seven Great Questions to Ask Others

Just this morning, in a coaching conversation, I asked a question that, as stated by the other person, was exactly what would help them past their …

How Successful People Quash Stress

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives? Researchers at Yale University have the answer. They found that intense stress actually reduces the …

This Monitor Shows You Exactly How Much Power Each Of Your Gadgets Is Sucking From The Grid

“If you give real-time feedback. People start to understand that something’s consuming so much power, people start reducing energy use,” says Stefan …

UC Berkeley

The Dirt on Dirt: 5 Things You Should Know About Soil

It's World Soil Day: why our life depends on it.<p>We walk on it every day. Get it under our fingernails. Track it into the house. But do we really appreciate the vital role soil plays—not just in the environment, but in human health?<p>The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is giving soil …