Monthly Archives: September 2010

Georgetown to help test plug-in hybrid vehicles

Georgetown to help test plug-in hybrid vehicles

Toyota has lent Georgetown two Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) Priuses. The university will rotate the vehicles among volunteer drivers to gather real-world data. … learn more→

NASA and NSF-funded research finds first potentially habitable exoplanet

NASA and NSF-funded research finds first potentially habitable exoplanet

A team of planet hunters from the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone.” This discovery was the […] … learn more→

BP makes bold moves following the worst oil spill in U.S history

BP makes bold moves following the worst oil spill in U.S history

BP’s new CEO Bob Dudley will make his debut with the company by sacking the oil group’s exploration and production chief. It appears Mr. Dudley will be following through on his promise to restructure the company amid safety concerns and a diminishing public relations campaign. He replaced Andy Inglis, head of Exploration and Production, in […] … learn more→

Mabus report delivers on 1st part of president's promise to make gulf better than before BP oil disaster

Mabus report delivers on 1st part of president’s promise to make gulf better than before BP oil disaster

Praising a new government report detailing a long-term environmental restoration plan for the Gulf Coast, five environmental groups today called on the President and Congress to implement the report’s recommendations by using the fines BP will have to pay for the blowout of the company’s Macondo well.  The report was presented today in New Orleans […] … learn more→

Simplicity series: What does it mean to simplify your life? (Part 1)

Simplicity series: What does it mean to simplify your life? (Part 1)

Getting to simplicity can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward. Fortunately, world.edu’s Rebecca Sargent is a few steps further ahead than most and is here to share her knowledge and experience with our community. In the first installment of her simplicity series, Rebecca looks into what it really means to simplify your life. … learn more→

Civilization’s Foundation Eroding

Lester R. Brown The thin layer of topsoil that covers the planet’s land surface is the foundation of civilization. This soil, typically 6 inches or so deep, was formed over long stretches of geological time as new soil formation exceeded the natural rate of erosion. But sometime within the last century, as human and livestock […] … learn more→

New CEO brings new hope to Nokia

New CEO brings new hope to Nokia

Nokia’s newest CEO, imported from Microsoft, has his work cut out for him. The mobile giant has had its success everywhere except the world’s most important economy, the U.S, and that has stifled what could have (and should have) been a Symbian dominated smartphone market. On September 10th, Nokia fired its longtime CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, […] … learn more→

Everyone should have the phone number to the White House on their cell phones

Everyone should have the phone number to the White House on their cell phones

A couple weeks ago the White House stopped taking calls from the public regarding the bill that President Obama planned to sign allowing genetically modified salmon to be raised in the U.S. On the very last day (Friday, September 17), I called the White House and told them how I felt about it. They jotted […] … learn more→

Decline of burrowing owl in Imperial Valley

Decline of burrowing owl in Imperial Valley

Surveys show the owl’s population has dropped from about 5,600 pairs in the early 1990s to 3,557 pairs in 2008. The agricultural area had been considered a stronghold for the species … learn more→

Obsession with growth is asset stripping the planet

Obsession with growth is asset stripping the planet

Obsession with economic growth and the greed of financial speculators are destroying efforts to conserve the world’s diminishing resources. British and French speakers from radically different backgrounds, and with sharply contrasting styles, found themselves singing an unlikely political duet at the Lyon environment forum. Big business, they said, must be stopped from “asset stripping” a […] … learn more→