How much actual land would it take for the entire U.S. to be powered on solar energy—a source much cleaner than gas, oil or coal? The editors at Good magazine tackled the question in this 1-minute video and found that by dedicating just .6% of land in the Continental U.S. to solar plants, we could provide electricity for the entire country. As they point out, a full on conversion to solar wouldn’t be easy—battery storage would be a huge obstacle—but, the video suggests that solar remains a promising source of clean energy. Discuss
The Dude wants you to be informed about the dangers of plastic. Jeff Bridges recently partnered with the Plastic Pollution Coalition for this public service message about the devastating effects the manmade substance is having on our oceans—and our health.
The video includes some pretty terrifying stats, including the fact that pieces of plastic on the surface of the ocean outnumbers sea life, six-to-one. The video is a scary look at the effects of consumption, but does offer some helpful tips about fixing the problem. Discuss
There are a lot of empty Coke bottles that are disregarded around the world every day. But, as the video below shows, the soda maker may have figured out a way to encourage people to hang on to their used plastic bottles instead of just throwing them away. The company has created 16 custom caps that turn old bottles into everything from squirt guns and spray bottles to sauce dispensers and saltshakers. Coke is sending tens of thousands of the caps to several Asian countries later this year ... Discuss
For nearly two years, the Sandwich Me restaurant in Chicago has produced zero waste. The slightly more than eight pounds of trash it did create during that time was given to an artist, who turned it into a sculpture. In this short video from NationSwell, owner Justin Vrany explains his passion for food and community, as well as, his unwavering dedication to sustainability ... Discuss
Activist and motorcycle enthusiast Anton Berteaux is passionate about helping park rangers at Mongolia’s Lake Hovsgol prevent poachers, illegal mining operators and polluters from destroying the natural wonder. Not only is the fresh water lake home to a variety of unique wildlife, but as Berteaux points out, local indigenous people depend on the lake for their own water needs. His idea is to provide the outmatched rangers—who currently patrol the massive area on horseback—with motorcycles. As unique as his campaign is, his promo video is a work of art. If Wes Anderson were to direct a 2-minute video about supplying motorcycles to park rangers in Mongolia to chase off miners, it would likely look just like this. Evidently, it’s been pretty effective. With almost a week to go, he’s already surpassed his fundraising goal ... Discuss
The documentary Gasland looked at the potential dangers that fracking can do to groundwater supplies, but now, new research shows that using chemicals to drill for natural gas poses a new danger: Causing earthquakes. According to the research, the natural gas drilling method known as “fracking” can trigger earthquakes at drilling sites. The study, which has been published in the journal Science, found that clusters of minor earthquakes that have happened near drilling sites were triggered by large, far-off earthquakes, because of the injecting fluid used in the fracking process. So even if the water coming out of your faucet isn’t catching on fire, you may still have to be concerned about an earthquake thousands of miles away causing a seismic event in your own backyard … Discuss