James Rankine Fleming Gibbs

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Of clowns and treasurers

I remember my first lesson in economics like it was yesterday. I’d never heard a bigger bunch of crap in my life. It made no sense. The assumptions …

Economics

What Is Quinoa? A Breakdown For Those Of Us Who Eat It But Don't Truly Understand It

Second only to maybe kale, quinoa is the health food star of our time. The Food and Agriculture Organization named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa, after all. This tiny grain-like food is full of good-for-you nutrition and tastes great in just about anything: salads, omelettes and even …

What to Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer

The disease is on the rise—but these foods may help you decrease your odds of getting it.<p>Research has long shown that a plant-based diet has cancer-fighting powers. Now, a new study offers even more proof that giving up animal products can lower your risk of one specific type of cancer that happens …

To Tackle Food Waste, Big Grocery Chain Will Sell Produce Rejects

It's easy to blame someone else for food waste. If this is really a $2.6 trillion issue, as the United Nations estimates, then who's in charge of fixing it?<p>Turns out, we the eaters play a big role here.<p>When we shop with our eyeballs in the produce aisle, our expectations for perfection contribute …

This 20-Year-Old Inventor Said He Could Clean Up The Ocean–Now He’s Really Doing It

The giant ocean trash cleanup machine will begin its work in 2016.<p>Boyan Slat first proposed his giant marine cleanup machine three years ago when he was just 17 years old. During a TED talk, he sketched a vision for a massive floating boom that would collect trash using the ocean’s own currents.<p>The …

Denmark's green Alternative: organic, meat-free and poised for breakthrough

They have campaigned for a 30-hour working week, for 100% organic agriculture in Denmark, and meat-free days in public institutions. Now, The Alternative – a political party formed less than two years ago to champion a green agenda – could hold the key to power in Denmark’s general election next …

Japan is building huge solar power plants that float on water

Unlike coal-fired plants, solar power stations don’t produce smog but they do take up land. Or, at least they did.<p>In Japan’s Hyogo prefecture, a solar station was recently launched that floats on a reservoir and will produce about 2,680 megawatt hours per year—enough for 820 typical households. …

Renewable Energy

Fossil fuel divestment is rational, says former Shell chairman

Fossil fuel divestment,Environment,Oil sands,Energy,Royal Dutch Shell,Oil and gas companies,Energy industry,Fossil fuels,Business<p>Mark Moody-Stuart laments ‘remarkably little progress’ by oil industry on climate change in last two decades and says divestment is ‘rational’ response<p>The former chairman …

15 Ingenious Home Hacks That Only Cost $50

<i>By: Joe McGauley</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Jeremy Levine</i><p>It's easy to bite off way more than you can chew when you're overhauling your home. It's even easier to spend way more than you intended.<p>The truth is, though, that you don't have to spend much at all to make a big difference. $50 can go a long way--here's …

Affordable Fast Food That's Good for You? What a Concept

The fast-food industry is constantly complaining about how they can't afford to serve unprocessed food or raise workers' wages. According to them, prices would rise, their sales would plummet and the CEOs, now raking in millions, would end up homeless and destitute.<p>However, it is quite possible to …

Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures

Global development professionals network,Population,Environment,Pollution,Oil spills,Food security,Poverty,Oceans,Farming,Trees and forests,Climate change<p>How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people

Globalization

Open letter to Shell's Ben van Beurden from John Ashton

Activism,Climate change,Cop 20: UN climate change conference | Lima,Global climate talks,Protest,World news,Environment<p>The UK’s former top climate change diplomat urges the head of the oil company to become part of the solution to climate change

The world can turn the corner on climate change by 2020. Here's how.

When it comes to climate action, it’s a good thing that smart people keep building scenarios for cleaning up global energy production. Those visions …

Fossil Fuels

The Arctic's climate change is messing with our weather | John Abraham

Rapid Arctic warming is changing the Jestream and our weather along with it<p>There has been a lot of attention on the influence of rapid warming of the Arctic on weather in the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes. Much of the work has focused on changes to the Jetstream amplitudes and association of …

John Podesta: Pulling Back the Curtain on UFOs

<b>Co-authored with Ralph Blumenthal</b><p>It was the tweet heard round the world<i>s</i>. On John Podesta's last day at the White House on February 13th, the longtime Presidential counselor, who is likely to chair a 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, dashed off a confession that lit the blogosphere with thousands of …

Environmental Movement Has Held Back the Keystone XL Pipeline -- For Good Reason

Ditching the Keystone XL pipeline should be a no-brainer. The 1,179-mile pipeline extension would carry some of the world's dirtiest oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. And it shouldn't be necessary to repeat this, but since we have a Congress controlled by a party …

Climate change responsible for super-charging winter storms, scientists say

Researchers say heavier storms of recent years such as current blizzard bearing down on US north-east carry imprints of climate change<p>Winters may be getting shorter, but watch out when it does snow: climate change is super-charging storms like the blizzard engulfing the American north-east, …

Drowning in plastic

I just sat next to a coral reef and watched the sharks go by,” says Céline Cousteau. The filmmaker is talking about a recent dive in Australia, when for once she left her camera behind. “There’s a certain grace when a massive tiger shark acknowledges your presence but just swings by. It doesn’t …

Pollution

Davos 2015: climate change makes a comeback

The private jets lined up at Zurich airport and the helicopter rides into the high Alps tell their own story. Executives running the world’s biggest companies have always struggled to take the threat of climate disaster seriously.<p>In part, that’s because they tend to have such short time horizons; …

Climate

Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists

Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.<p>Two major new studies by an …

Prison gardening

Debbie Rutt of Wilsonville, Oregon teaches organic gardening to other women. You could say she has a “captive” audience – they’re inmates of the …

Our Democracy Is Dying

In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden. Whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. …

Agroecology and the Disappearing Yield Gap

The more scientists actually study agroecology, the better it looks.<p>The largest meta-analysis to date comparing yields of organic and conventional agriculture concluded that the "yield gap" between the two is much smaller than previously claimed and for some crops, doesn't exist at all.<p>In a new …

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Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters and disease’

The pace of population growth is so quick that even draconian restrictions of childbirth, pandemics or a third world war would still leave the world with too many people for the planet to sustain, according to a study.<p>Rather than reducing the number of people, cutting the consumption of natural …

Google reveals home delivery drone program Project Wing

Google has become the latest tech giant to get into the drone business.<p>The company announced late on Thursday that its advanced-research arm, Google X, is developing a system of drones to deliver goods. Amazon announced a similar scheme to great fanfare but little actual progress late last year.<p>The …

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration. This column is for those who feel at odds with life. It calls …

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

Are you "pro-Israel" or "pro-Palestine"? It isn't even noon yet as I write this, and I've already been accused of being both.<p>These terms intrigue me because they directly speak to the doggedly tribal nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You don't hear of too many other countries being …

Privacy fears as Australian surveillance laws are dragged into the digital era

One of Australia’s key laws governing surveillance – the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) (TIA) Act of 1979 – is desperately in need of an overhaul. It’s a dinosaur from the days of the fixed line telephone and the fax machine.<p>It has been patched up numerous times in an attempt to keep …