Saildrone

What is a saildrone? you might ask. It’s an uncrewed, environmentally friendly, wind- and solar-powered sailing drone capable of 12-month ocean data collection missions. According to one of its makers, “Saildrone’s measurements and observations, from above and below the ocean surface, provide intelligence and insight for challenges from maritime defense and seafloor mapping to earth […]

Swiss Seniors for Climate Justice

The association of Senior Women for Climate Protection Switzerland has won a historic victory at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The association, comprised of a group of Swiss senior citizens, sued the government of Switzerland over climate change. The group members successfully argued that the country “violated their basic human rights by not […]

Earth Day for the planet

It’s not a day, it’s a movement. Earth Day founders created and organized the first Earth Day, also called International Mother Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. Since then, EARTHDAY.ORG has mobilized over 1 billion people annually on Earth Day, and every other day, to protect the planet. According to the website, “Earth Day has […]

Marc Chagall

“Immigrants contribute mightily to the economy, by paying billions in annual taxes, by filling low-wage jobs that keep domestic industry competitive, and by spurring investment and job-creation, revitalizing once-decaying communities.” That’s what a summary of important research shows about unemployment and immigration. Such famous immigrants as actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, physicist Albert Einstein, and […]

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Steve Jobs

post-traumatic growth

Surprisingly, it’s true: positive things can come out of challenging times.  Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is the benefit and personal growth that comes from experiencing a crisis. It’s hard to imagine that a serious medical diagnosis, a divorce, job loss, or the death of a loved one can lead to positive outcomes. But according to studies […]

What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.” – United Nations To celebrate this day, here are a few photos […]

Elizabeth Blackwell

History is full of examples of prejudices based on the inexplicable “rationale” that some people are born “lesser” (in other words, non-white, non-male, of different beliefs, lifestyles, or nationality) but one woman, Elizabeth Blackwell, exemplifies the juxtaposition of such limited mindsets with those able to see past others’ limitations. Born in England in 1821, Elizabeth […]

Herculaneum

Have you heard of the Herculaneum scrolls? They’re a group of writings on papyrus that were charred and buried in ashes during the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. Following the discovery of the manuscripts under 50-60 feet (15-18 meters) of volcanic mud in the 1750s, scholars and scientists have long recognized that […]

Maersk ship fueled by green methanol

As much as 90% of traded goods worldwide are shipped by sea and 99% of cargo ships are powered by oil-based fuels. To change this pattern, the Danish shipping and logistics company Maersk has launched the first container ship fueled by green methanol, the Laura Maersk. Produced from low-carbon sources such as biomass, renewable organic […]