From green business and new environmental legislation to how nature impacts our environment in ways never before considered, Earth Wise offers a look at our changing environment.

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Aug13

Galapagos green

Iguana in Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands are famous for inhabitants like giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.  Nearly the entire archipelago is a national park that carefully preserves this unique environment.  But the Galapagos is also home to over 30,000 people living on four of the islands and involved in the tourist trade, in farming and fishing, and in local businesses.  The human inhabitants need electricity and, like most islanders, have mostly gotten it from diesel generators. (more…)

Aug12

An ammonia economy

Hydrogen Car

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The world’s leading automakers are betting on hydrogen-powered cars as the future of personal transportation.  These are electric cars that use fuel cells as the source of electricity instead of batteries. (more…)

Aug11

The cost of climate change

Drought

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The costs of climate change are many – from the destruction of ecosystems and the loss of species to increased risk of famine. The famous Stern Review by the British government in 2006 looked at the effects on the world economy.  Eight years later, a recently released report focuses on the financial bottom line in the U.S., providing an assessment of how unmitigated climate change will add up over the remainder of this century. (more…)

Aug08

Climate change and human development

Coping with climate change

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There is much public discussion about the role of human activities in the changing climate but one research study looked at a diametrically opposite concept:  the role of changing climate in the development of human culture. (more…)

Aug07

Molecular solar power

Solar Array

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As the use of solar power expands, there is growing attention to the problem of what to do when the sun isn’t shining.  The ability to store solar energy when it is available and use it later is the basic solution to the problem.  Developing technologies like battery banks and molten salt tanks are currently the major focus. (more…)

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