A New Kind of Economy

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The essence of a Green economy – genuine well-being – subscribes to dimensions in Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776 that reach beyond the rampaging misuse of his economic treatise through modern industrialisation. You see, Adam Smith was a keen observer of human nature. In 1759, while Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, Smith published The Theory of Moral Sentiments. In this work, he identified the individual conscience and “fellow feeling” (ie. sympathy with others) as the requisite balance to self-love. He believed that in the pursuit of… read more

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Empower Playgrounds Inc., or EPI, has an inventive solution to a problem that affects too many children in rural and undeveloped areas. Not having access to electricity and reliable lighting that is necessary for daily tasks provides an enormous challenge that many of us can’t even begin to understand. Lack of electricity can certainly make daily life a struggle, but imagine children who often have to work, study and perform other tasks without any access to lighting after dark. Unsafe lights, like kerosene lamps, are considered a luxury item for many families, even though they pose a great health and… read more

Five Ways You’re Doing Eco-Activism Wrong

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We’d like to think that going green is always about fun times and unicorns and rainbows, but the sad truth is, environmentalism can blow up in our faces pretty easily. Bad things often happen with the best of intentions in mind, and with that being said, here are five ways you’re doing it wrong. 5. Waterless Bathroom Urinals Cause Overflows (Of Pee) This is one area of everyday life where water is actually pretty necessary. Sure, you might think that conserving water by installing a “New! Hip! Eco-Friendly!” waterless urinal is the eco conscious way to go, but soon you’ll… read more

Tainted Turmeric

Tainted Turmeric

Spices can add flavor to dishes, and many are also sources of essential nutrients and can contain healthful properties. What has recently been discovered, however, is making consumers worldwide question the safety of their foods once again. The latest scare among the food supply lies within powdered spices. Turmeric, thought to be imported from Bangladesh, has just been recalled as it was found to contain high levels of lead. Lead can build up in the body and can onset a myriad of health issues, especially in developing children. Levels that measured as high as 48 parts per million were found… read more

The Stability of the Ozone

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The earth’s atmosphere is essential for the continuation of life on our planet. Current events like the meteoroid hit in Russia reminds us of our atmosphere’s importance as we face not only the domestic threats of climate change, but extraterrestrial threats as well. The atmosphere consists of five layers. Those are, from ground level outward, the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and the exosphere. Of the atmosphere’s five layers, the stratosphere serves as one of the most crucial to life on earth due to the protective sheath it contains, known as the ozone layer. There are two regions in the earth’s… read more

Golden Rice – An Unnatural Solution

Golden Rice – An Unnatural Solution

The food supply is a topic that concerns everyone. The fact that many in the world do not have adequate nutrition is a problem that unfortunately has yet to be solved. Normally, rice does not contain many nutrients, but still is a main food group in many homes across the globe since it can be low in cost and easy to prepare. One effort called the Golden Rice Project is seeking to make sure millions of people receive efficient nutrients in a staple food. This rice is enriched with vitamins that aim to prevent issues caused from malnutrition. Blindness and other deficiency… read more

Undercover Reporter Shows Dark Garment Designs

Undercover Reporter Shows Dark Garment Designs

Raveena Aulakh, a reporter from the Toronto Star, certainly took her research into a news piece to the next level. Posing as a factory worker, to investigate she went undercover in a Bangladesh factory located in Dhaka. What she found was a heartbreaking glimpse into the lives of the people who work there, including children. Her investigation spotlighted Meem, a 9 year old child worker at the factory. Meem works 12 hour days in the sweatshop, and was actually Aulakh’s boss for a time. This particular unnamed factory employs almost 50 people, many who are children that have nowhere else… read more

The Goldman Environmental Prize

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Each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to a small group of filmmakers whose films impact and drive change in the eco-industry. This prize is equivalent to winning a Nobel Peace Prize for filmmakers, and includes $150,000 in prize money. The prize was created by Richard N. Goldman and his wife, Rhoda H. Goldman. Both dedicated their lives to the cause of environmental awareness, and decided that they could offer a means of rewarding those in the field of ecological comprehension. The six winners of this years Prize directed films that targeted fracking, created public awareness campaigns against incinerators,… read more

Leaf Artists Make Natural Wonders More Amazing

Leaf Artists Make Natural Wonders More Amazing

Leaves are a natural outdoor exhibition, with their splendid and changing colors. Working with leaves as their materials, some crafty individuals have found a way to capture their everyday brilliance, but with a twist. This leaf art transforms the natural beauty of leaves into spectacular designs. Tang Chiew Ling creates whimsical images with different foliage. Arranging them around his drawings to make neat presentations, they are fun to look at. Lorenzo M. Durán is another artist that makes intricate designs in natural materials. His leaf carvings are remarkable. Initially the canvas was his display material, but after experimenting with a… read more

National Geographic’s Exploration Photo Contest

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Edit: This contest is now closed. However, you can still browse the photos below and check the website out (link below) to prepare for next year’s contest. Amateur photographers of the world: Today is your LAST DAY to get in on this epic contest! National Geographic issued a contest earlier this year called ‘Explore Our Changing World‘. In its first month of being live, over 300,000 people submitted photos to be considered for the winning prize. There’s still time to submit if you’ve taken any pictures worthy of consideration, or if can shoot off some quick pics in the next,… read more