Articles Posted in the Awareness Category

Terraform Mars

Inhabiting the Solar System: Which Planet is Most Promising?

Our solar system consists of the Sun, eight planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune), the asteroid belt, the Kuiper Belt, the Oort Cloud, and other matter. While we currently only identify Earth as a life-bearing planet, we can tell other planets (and even a moon) might challenge that idea.

Super Moon

Understanding the Moon: Supermoon Basics

With the devastating events that have occurred in Japan this last week, our celestial bodies have been getting a lot of attention, especially the moon and especially the upcoming extreme “supermoon”, as it has been dubbed by some. First, what is the supermoon? Despite its startling name, one that was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle back in 1979, the supermoon speaks more to the relationship it shares with the Earth than some special attributes or characteristics of the moon itself. The term is meant to explain the phenomenon of “perigee-syzygy”, or a “new or full Moon (syzygy) which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest […]

Carbon Footprint

Greenhouse Gases – The Biggest Contributors of Carbon Dioxide

Last week, the Republican-controlled House blocked the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, which, to scientists, are part of the root cause for global warming. The main supporter of the block, Texas Republican Ted Poe, aimed at curbing funding for EPA’s implementation of greenhouse gas regulations for the fiscal year of 2011. With this in the news, it’s important to identify the areas that are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases; are they industry, transportation, or what? First, just to be clear, greenhouse gases are any atmospheric gases that “can absorb and emit longwave (infrared) radiation in a planetary atmosphere”, according to The Encyclopedia of Earth. These contribute to what is […]

Energy in Abu Dhabi

Tackling Energy in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi isn’t just the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates; it is also the federation’s capital, one of the richest cities in the world, and now more than ever, a unique model for implementing green energy and green energy policies. Despite sitting atop nearly 10 percent of the world’s oil reserves, Abu Dhabi is ferociously attacking the current system of fossil fuel dependence. From modeling a new city with a zero carbon footprint to preparing the world for renewable energy, Abu Dhabi is poised to remain a hub for energy research and development, fossil fuel and renewable alike. With the focused capital and ambition of Abu Dhabi, […]

Evironmental Charter High School

Educating the Next Generation of Leaders – Environmental Charter High School

Nestled into the community of Lawndale, CA, students trek their daily commute to ECHS. The sky is blue, the weather is cool, and the air is crisp. The school isn’t something you see in your everyday to say the least. In fact, the model it provides challenges more than just curriculum – it challenges the relationship between teachers and students, students and students, and, most importantly, students and the community. The school nicely spells out what is does, and what values it hopes to instill in their students: “The mission of Environmental Charter High School is to inspire students to discover their own sense of purpose, to equip all students […]

Whole Foods GMO

Whole Foods and the Genetically Modified Food Debate

If you haven’t heard yet, now’s the time. Recently, the USDA – whether through strong-arming of corporations or a serious instance of poor judgment – completely deregulated the use of genetically engineered (GMO) alfalfa, a staple in the diet of farm animals. The reverberations of this are hard to overstate, but one simple fact is clear: consumers and advocates of organic food are in serious jeopardy. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the international agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto, you won’t be for long. Monsanto, in essence, develops genetically engineered seeds, specifically strains like cotton, soy, and wheat, to resist Monsanto’s favorite pesticide, Round-Up. In fact, as of 2010, 93 percent […]

Trible Bottom Line

Understanding the Triple Bottom Line, its Shortcomings, and the Solution

“People, planet, profit – the Triple Bottom Line.” While it seems straightforward enough, the Triple Bottom Line is ripe with complexity, criticism, and alternating conceptions on what exactly it means. What are the criteria by which we evaluate each bottom line? Is it possible to do so accurately and objectively? And, finally, does the Triple Bottom Line actually offer a philosophically useful business tool, or is it just hot air? The Idea The TBL is accredited to a number of people, but some of the earliest public mention of it was with the management think-tank AccountAbility. More popularly, John Elkington used it in his 1997 book Cannibals With Forks: The […]

Chinese officials

Making Progress: China Shows World How Efficient It Can Be

The last few weeks have marked the end of China’s 5-year goal of cutting energy consumption by 20 percent, and according to the chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, Zhang Ping, they’ve done it. China attempted to rebound against their energy-intensive development process by implementing rolling back outs and cutting the power to industry. While the effects of these strategies caused some in the public to voice concern, China remains to have made significant headway on its goal of cutting energy consumption. In recent years, China has overtaken the United States as the largest producer of greenhouse gases, particularly due to their aggressive development plans forthe past three […]

Nuclear Power

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly of Nuclear Power

Alternative forms of energy are steadily becoming part of any good policy maker’s agenda. Fossil fuels are taking a bad turn, both in terms of supply and demand, forcing government to delineate its options and investigate all possible solutions.

New Years Sunset

Top 10 Organic, Green, and Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

As the final days of a year begin to wane, people always start discussing New Year’s resolutions. It is a time of reflection, meta-cognition, and the setting of goals for growth. When doing this, try to remember some of the most basic tenets of environmentalism and pure and natural living. It can be easy to overlook the small stuff, but that’s why we’re here. Number 1. Plant a (Dozen) Trees The science has long confirmed it. Due to human activity, carbon dioxide is rapidly filling the atmosphere and creating a greenhouse like effect. As a result, global climate change has taken the forefront as one of the world’s largest and […]