National Geographic released Before the Flood over the weekend, and it is a calm but clear-eyed overview of the scope of the environmental crisis facing our planet. It also looks at pragmatic steps we can take right now to slow the damage.
Produced by National Geographic and hosted by U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, it avoids the hyperbole that often turns skeptics off on these documentaries. DiCaprio spent three years interviewing people around the world about their local and regional challenges, as well as the options for addressing those.
They also have a great interactive map where you can look at what small increases in global temperatures will do to sea levels. Manhattan, New Orleans and about one-third of Florida would be imperiled in the worst-case modeled on the map.
• Before the Flood - Full Movie (YouTube / National Geographic)
As BuzzFeed transitions from internet strip mine to legit news and information, they now to put out occasional gems like Auri Jackson’s project “I tried to make zero trash for 30 days.”
In addition to a wonderful and timely message, this PSA for Greenpeace is beautifully illustrated and animated by Elliot Lim.
There’s really nothing not to love about vertical farms — multi-story hydroponic operations, usually sited in dense urban areas — they borrow their best tech from the space program, they’re water-conserving, they don’t have runoff, they’re energy efficient, and they’re super land-efficient, meaning we don’t need to turn forests or wetlands into fields.
Whether I’m trying to relieve some stress at work or entertain myself on the metro, Space Putty is there. You can bring this magical goo home and try it for yourself for just $9.99Like Silly Putty of yesteryear, this viscoelastic substance can be molded into different shapes and stretched around in your hands. Use it […]
You know as well as I that writing complex, long-long form text requires significant organization. You’re probably also well aware that Word just isn’t up to the task. That’s why I’m a huge fan of Scrivener, the software suite used by best-selling authors and technical writers alike.Scrivener is much more than another digital typewriter. With a […]
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