Thursday, September 29, 2011

Filming democracy in Ghana by Jarreth Merz

Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Ghanaian filmmaker, came to Ghana in 2008 to film the national elections. What he saw there taught him new lessons about democracy -- and about himself.

Climate Change? Floods leave many destitute in India

Tens of thousands of people remain stranded in India as flood waters continue to inundate homes, leaving at least 20 people dead in the eastern state of Orissa.

Critics have questioned what they call the government's slow response to the crisis but officials say they are doing the best they can under the circumstances. It will take some time before things return to normal and as the clock ticks many people are now without food or fresh water.

Adopt a Tiger Today: Help WWF

In less than 100 years the wild tiger population is estimated to have fallen to as low as 3,200. Currently there are three main threats to the tigers survival: 1) Poaching and illegal trade of tiger parts 2) Habitat loss 3) Human-tiger conflict. Adopt a tiger today to help WWF protect these big cats in the wild. WWF's global tiger initiative aims to double the tiger population by 2022, before it really is too late.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moving Planet, Moving Together: Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

2000+ events. 180+ countries. A single day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels. 350.org's 2011 day of action, Moving Planet, brought together Moving Together.

This is Bill. Bill has Diabetes.

Meet Bill, and learn how a typical St. Louisan's life and health depend on -- and affect -- his neighborhood and the overall welfare of our region. This special Beacon video is designed to advance understanding and spur further discussion about health challenges.

President Barack Obama at Clinton Global Initiative 2011

President Obama said the Clinton Global Initiative reflects the American spirit, which is big and bold and generous, and doesn't shy away from challenges.

Daniel Pearl World Music Days October 2011

Daniel Pearl recognized the ability of music to bridge differences among people. In the spirit of his love of music and commitment to dialogue, the Daniel Pearl Foundation launched the first Daniel Pearl World Music Days on October 10, 2002, which would have been Danny's 39th birthday.

Using the power of music to promote tolerance and inspire respect for differences, Daniel Pearl World Music Days has grown to include more than 6,700 performances in 111 countries. In 2005 we introduced World Music Days eStage, a monthlong radio station and permanent online gallery which features music, poetry, art, articles and dedications reflecting Danny’s lifetime of work connecting people through words and music. Source: Daniel Pearl Foundation

A video message from Ruth and Judea Pearl about the upcoming Daniel Pearl World Music Days taking place around the world in October 2011

Adopt an Orang-utan by WWF

A world without orang-utans is unimaginable. After millions of years on earth, orang-utan populations are now endangered. The destruction of their rainforest habitat has pushed them closer to extinction - and they urgently need our help if they are to survive. Help WWF protect animals in the wild

WWF-Australia Adopt an Elephant

Help WWF protect elephants in the wild. Due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and major elephant-human conflict in areas where forest has been converted for agricultural use, the Borneo pygmy elephant is now in danger of extinction and WWF estimates that there are as few as 1,500 individuals pygmy elephants remaining in the wild.

Social Good Summit 2011: Barbra Bush & Pete Cashmore

Social Good Summit 2011: The Arab Awakening

Philippines cleans up after deadly typhoon Nesat

People hit hard by Typhoon Nesat in the Philippines are cleaning up but there is another storm on the way. It is likely to make landfall on Sunday. Dozens of people are still missing. Another 50,000 are taking refuge in evacuation centres.

The Cradle to Cradle concept explained

This video provides a short and comprehensive introduction into the Cradle to Cradle concept. Production by Reggs

Creating Waste is Stupid: About Cradle to Cradle

Maersk Cradle to Cradle Passport: Total Vessel Recycling

Goodbaby Film on Cradle to Cradle

A great film showing Goodbaby's actions to change into a Cradle to Cradle company. Over the past 20 years, Goodbaby has complied with many international standards. Today, the are taking the next step in child product safety by implementing the Cradle to Cradle philosophy and making it a part of their core business. The Goodbaby eco products are the first products in the juvenile industry to be awarded Cradle to Cradle certificates.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Philips Innovation Experience 2011: Press Conference Highlights

Highlights from the Press Conference of the Philips Innovation Experience 2011.

TEDxFlanders 2011: Kite Wind Energy Researcher by Reinhart Paelinck

Following the disaster in Fukushima, the world is more than ever focused on finding durable alternatives to both fossil fuels and nuclear power. Wind and solar power have become widely accepted as realistic substitutes. Current wind power generation relies on rigid supporting structures and is limited to altitudes up to 200 meters. Wind at higher altitudes is significantly stronger and more persistent. To access this major potential of renewable energy, the Kite Power research group is developing a new technology to extend the economical scope of windpower in off-shore and remote locations. Reinhart Paelinck is helping to shape the future of airborne wind energy.

Philips Innovation Experience 2011: Food Cleaning

An exclusive look at Food Cleaning from Philips Innovation Experience 2011

Philips Innovation Experience 2011: The Bilirubin Blanket

An exclusive look at the Bilirubin Blanket from Philips Innovation Experience 2011 [

Inside Oxfam's work fighting drought and poverty in Somalia

Oxfam's Caroline Gluck reports from inside Somalia. Oxfam is working with partners to deliver clean water, sanitation, and therapeutic feeding to malnourished children. Somalia has been mired in civil conflict for the past twenty years; but now severe drought has pushed millions into desperation. The UN has declared six areas of the country famine-affected; more than a quarter of the population had been displaced by the crisis and conflict, with several hundred thousand fleeing into neighboring countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia. And inside the country, hundreds of thousands have taken shelter in makeshift settlements and camps around the capital, Mogadishu.

Inside Oxfam's work fighting drought and poverty in Somalia

Oxfam's Caroline Gluck reports from inside Somalia. Oxfam is working with partners to deliver clean water, sanitation, and therapeutic feeding to malnourished children. Somalia has been mired in civil conflict for the past twenty years; but now severe drought has pushed millions into desperation. The UN has declared six areas of the country famine-affected; more than a quarter of the population had been displaced by the crisis and conflict, with several hundred thousand fleeing into neighboring countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia. And inside the country, hundreds of thousands have taken shelter in makeshift settlements and camps around the capital, Mogadishu.

TEDxFlanders 2011: World Peace Gamer by John Hunter

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, John Hunter is a gifted and award-winning teacher and educational consultant who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. He has combined his teaching and artistic talents to develop unique teaching programs using multimedia software in creative writing and film courses. He traveled and studied comparative religions and philosophy throughout Japan, India and China.

This teacher and 'citizen of the world' designed the 3-floor World Peace Game for primary school kids, to explore the connectedness of the global community and the imminent threat of war. The children become world leaders themselves with the ultimate goal to achieve World Peace. At the same time, they learn how to live and work comfortably in the unknown.
The award winning documentary 'World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements' follows John and his nine-year-old students as they respond to an ongoing series of military, economic, and environmental crises. As one of them testifies: "I'm living what the ancient General Sun Tzu said! I'm winning these battles and so I'm kind of going into battles, even more battles..."

Dual-Core "Triple High Speed" Smartphone with WiMAX: The Fujitsu ARROWS Z ISW11F

The Arrows Z is the latest smartphone from Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications. It will be released on the AU network from late November 2011.

This smartphone runs Android 2.3 on a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor, and has a 4.3-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel High Definition display. The 13MP camera which uses an Exmor CMOS sensor, can shoot Full High Definition video, which can be watched on a TV via HDMI. The model is also waterproof, and supports Japanese standards such as mobile TV, the mobile wallet service and Infrared Data Transmission.

TEDxFlanders 2011: MyMachine Dream Machine Builder by Aagje Beirens

Aagje Beirens completed her Masters in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University in 2004 and concluded a Teacher Training Course at Ghent University. From February 2009 onwards, she has been coordinating the MyMachine project in Kortrijk.

MyMachine is a unique project that offers students from primary, secondary and higher eduction the opportunity to collaborate to build their own dream machine. Children in primary schools submit their fantasy ideas. Higher education students translate those ideas into workable designs or so-called proofs of concept. Finally, technical students produce real prototypes (product/machine).

Creative imagination leads to an actual product in an excellent triple helix collaboration (government, education and industry).

RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

This lively RSAnimate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

Teacher Invents First Cambodian Solar Car

Painted bright yellow and carrying a picture of the ancient Preah Vihear temple... this is Cambodias first solar car. Former teacher Kong Pharith created the golf buggy-like vehicle that is now subject to a dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. Pharith spent three years researching and developing the car and finished it in July.

TEDxFlanders 2011: Photographer and Environmentalist Dos Winkel

Dutchman Dos Winkel originally studied physiotherapy but it was his innate love for nature and the sea that ultimately defined his course in life. At the age of 10 he new the Latin and Dutch names of many local plants and shells. He started underwater photography in 1983 and since then has been on about 120 expeditions worldwide together with his wife Bertie, also a professional photographer.

Dos is renowned for his stunning close-ups of underwater life. He won many international photography awards and his photos have been published in prominent magazines all over the world. His books 'Another World' and 'Faces of the Deep', are sold in more than 50 countries. Dos is a board member of the Sea First Foundation in Belgium.

For decades, man has been catching more fish than nature is providing. Industrial fishing leads to the disappearance of coral banks which are natural breading sites. The North Sea, once one of the richest fishing areas, has been converted into an industrial quagmire. Worldwide, many underwater species are in danger of extinction. With his spectacular photos of oceans and sea life, Dos focuses attention on their welfare and strives to turn the tide.

Obtaining Electromagnetic Energy From Sound Waves

Professor Eiji Saito at Tohoku University, together with researchers from JAERI and Technical University of Kaiserslautern, has succeeded in obtaining a flow of magnetism from sound waves. Such a flow is called a spin current, where spin is the angular momentum of electrons.

Typhoon Nesat Hits Philippines

Massive flooding hit the Philippine capital on Tuesday as typhoon winds and rains isolated the historic old city where residents waded in waist-deep waters, dodging tree branches and debris. At least seven people were killed.

Everything You Should Know About Palm Oil

Say Yes Australia

"Say Yes" is a campaign started by groups representing 3 million young people, workers, business and the environment -- who all want Australia to put a price on carbon pollution in 2011. This is not a tax on households. It's on big industrial companies.

Australians say yes to a price on carbon

Why say yes to pricing carbon pollution? Six leading Australians tell us why.

Bolivia minister quits over highway protest row: Plan Suspended

Bolivia's minister of defense has resigned after a government crackdown involved tear gassing hundreds of indigenous protesters which killed a baby and arresting a large group of demonstrators.
The protests, supported by Evo Morales, the president, are against the construction of a highway through a national park and a legally designated indigenous zone.

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are now online; a project of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, powered by Google technology.



The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, have been digitized and are now accessible online: Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Feed In Tariffs Boost UK Solar Energy Uptake 900%

The power of the sun coupled with the lure of feed in tariffs has seen solar energy capacity in the UK grow by a massive 900% in just under 18 months. Solar panels now account for nearly 75% of the capacity of renewable installations in the UK claiming the feed in tariff, a trend that looks set to continue even after an early reduction in support levels for large scale solar.

Source: Renewable Energy News

SolarGas: Capturing solar energy in gas molecules

CSIRO's SolarGas facility can capture and store solar energy in the molecules of a gas. This short video, made in 2008, shows footage of the solar concentrator at CSIRO in Newcastle that delivers power to the SolarGas reactor. It also features an animated sequence that explains the process.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Junky spirits of Kabul: Afghanistan world's narco plague epicenter

A US-based study has revealed even newborns in Afghanistan have morphine in their blood. Every year the production of opiates is growing, despite the billions of dollars spent by the international community to fight the country's narcotics machine. Heroin and opium are openly used even in the center of Kabul, while NATO says stopping all this is simply not its goal. I have to admit we thought Kabul would be rough, but what we witnessed there spread far beyond all expectations. With its combination of devastating living conditions, poor infrastructure and depressive atmosphere, Kabul made Benghazi feel like a tropical resort. They say back in the day Kabul was a beautiful, rich city with golden domes of mosques, green parks and alleys all around. But the next three decades of violence have surely left their scars. And if during the Soviet presence the city received new roads, schools, hospitals and apartment buildings, today, with the alliance, it seems Kabul is stuck in its own dimension.

Moving Planet Haggerston Park London

Moving Planet 350 Cycle Action Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Moving Planet Low Carbon Parade in Cape Town

TEDxFortGreene 2011: Visual Aesthetics of Afrofuturism by Ingrid LaFleur

Curator Ingrid LaFleur is a world traveler. She is an art advisor and curator whose work has taken her to the far reaches of the globe. She has traveled South America, Africa and Europe to make visual art more accessible to people who don't generally experience the arts from around the globe. As an advocate for the support of artists and the arts Ingrid co-founded several initiatives to bring local contemporary artists to areas where the arts rarely flourish.

Bullfighting Ban Protested in Spain: Stop Bullfighting

Protests for and against bullfighting took place outside Barcelona's historic bullfighting arena on Saturday, as one of the last bullfights took place there, following a ban on the sport across the autonomous region of Catalonia.

Pakistan disasters aggravate malnutrition

A British charity report has found that Pakistan is among those 21 most under nourished countries in the world. More than a third of Pakistanis are malnourished, according to Oxfam.

The report also said that 57 per cent of the people there are not eating what they used to eat almost two years ago.

Bolivia's indigenous protest against highway project

Amazonian indigenous groups in Bolivia have staged massive protests for more than a week against a government highway project imposed on their land.

In an unusual tactic recently used to avoid violent police attempts to crush the protests, demonstrators forced David Choquehuanca, the country's foreign minister, to march against the project with them against his own will.

While the government says the road is being built because its needed for development, the natives fear an invasion of settlers and are struggling to maintain their nature preserve.

Moving Planet in São Paulo, Brazil

Moving Planet in Germany, Australia, Egypt, New Zealand, and India

Awesome stunt video: Wingsuit flyer Jeb Corbliss jump and dive throug the Tianmen Hole

An American professional wingsuit flier on Saturday successfully performed a jump and dive through the Tianmen Hole - an actual hole through a mountain - in Hunan province, central China. The 35 year old American Jeb Corliss jumped from a helicopter 6,000 feet (1,830 metres) above the Tianmen cave, flying towards it, and went right through it. The professional wingsuit flier failed at his first attempt, but succeeded the second time round. "That was one of the greatest wingsuit flights of my entire life. Thank you China, that was amazing," he said after he landed safely. According to Corliss, the first attempt failed due to smoke brackets on his feet that did not work properly and forced him to take a detour. He has become the first wingsuit stuntman to fly in China.

Vladimir Putin addresses United Russia congress: 'Nothing can stop us'

Vladimir Putin has addressed the United Russia party convention on Saturday with almost an hour-long speech, in which he actually announced his election platform, after Dmitry Medvedev promoted the premier for president.

Surprise Party in Russia: Dmitry Medvedev Prime Minister and Vladimir Putin for President in 2012

Prime Minister Putin has accepted Dmitry Medvedev's proposal for him to run for the presidency in 2012, made at the convention of the United Russia party in Moscow. Putin also put forward Medvedev to lead the party's election list.

Cities as Accelerators: The Growing Impact of City and Regional Programs

Moving Planet March through San Francisco against Fossil Fuels

As part of a worldwide day of action to move beyond fossil fuels, there was a Moving Planet march through San Francisco today. During the march the crowd chanted "hey hey ho ho, fossil fuels have got to go"

Moving Planet 9/24/11 Slideshow

Moving Planet was a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels. At over 2000 events in 175+ countries, we're letting leaders know that a movement is rising to move our planet forward to a clean energy future.

Moving Planet Aracaju

Moving Planet Demontration

Moving Planet: A day to move beyond fossil fuels

Sydney Moving Planet Video

Hundreds around Australia participated in Moving Planet day - flying kites, riding bikes and digging their gardens to show our leaders what the solutions are for climate change. Some of those involved tell us why.

2011 Ford E-Bike Concept

Ford has unveiled its E-Bike concept at the Frankfurt motor show. The Ford E-Bike is made from aluminum and carbon which keeps its frame's weight down to just 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs).

The E-Bike features a 350 W electric motor in the front wheel hub fed by a 340Wh lithium-ion accumulator positioned inside the frame. The bike comes with planet gears and can travel up to 25 km/h (15.53 mph). The Ford E-Bike has a range of 85 km (53 miles) on a full charge.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

We Need A GPS For The Soul by Arianna Huffington

TEDxDordrecht 2011:Food = Social Food = Love by Marjan Ippel

Physicist: Neutrino Faster Than Speed of Light

The world's biggest physics lab unveiled a shocking finding: that one type of subatomic particle was clocked going faster than the speed of light. If true, it could undercut Einstein's theories.

Alexandra Cousteau's Expedition Blue Planet "Death of a River: The Colorado River Delta"

Alexandra Cousteau's Expedition Blue Planet crossed over the Arizona/Mexican border to follow the Colorado's dry riverbed to its historic mouth in the Upper Gulf of California where its nutrient-rich waters no longer reach the sea. This short film tracks the ghost of a mighty river that used to run free over this land half a century ago.

The stately Colorado, that same iconic river of history that carved out the Grand Canyon and made the deserts bloom in the American southwest now ends in hypersaline mudflat rather than a punctuation mark of aquatic biodiversity. The Colorado's once-lush estuary is no
longer a nursery for marine life. The people whose lives were intertwined with the river's wealth in its flood plain are now culturally bereft.

Alexandra Cousteau experiences something she always knew in the abstract: rivers must reach the sea or else we are all impoverished.

Care2 Impact Award: Alexandra Cousteau at the Women In Green Forum

Social Good Summit: Lance Armstrong, Founder and Chairman of LIVESTRONG

Ecotourism: The Future of Travel is More Than Green

Social Good Summit: Serena Williams is UNICEF'S newest international Goodwill Ambassador

Tennis superstar Serena Williams is appointed UNICEF'S newest international Goodwill Ambassador at the Social Good Summit.

Charging Forward in Clean Transportation by Alexandra Paul

The 2nd Annual Women In Green Forum was held at the Santa Monica Sheraton and attracted a global audience of sustainability professionals.

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker advocate for the rights of children with disabilities

Recently, four musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visited the shores of the Caspian Sea to advocate for the rights of children with disabilities.

Lab Programs: David Simon on The Wire, Treme, and Capturing Cities on Film

David Simon is an author, screenwriter, and producer whose background as a crime beat reporter has provided the basis for his creative examinations of the contemporary American city. Simon is best known as producer and writer of the critically acclaimed television series The Wire (2002--08) and Treme (2010--). These immersive novelistic works are richly populated with compelling characters whose intersections reveal the complex network of forces at play in cities. Whether detailing the plague of corruption in Baltimore or the rebuilding of community in post-Katrina New Orleans, Simon's works have much to tell us about how we live in cities today, our aspirations, and our challenges.

50 years of Protecting Europe's Environment

Today the European Union has the most environmentally-friendly arsenal of rules in the world and has done more to tackle pressing ecological problems, such as climate change, than any other major power. But it has not always been like this. Caring for the environment did not feature in the Treaty of Rome, the document that gave birth to the modern day EU. Yet environmental problems were never far away. Europe's love affair with the car was moving into top gear, industry was busy belching out pollutants and raw sewage was being pumped into our rivers and seas.

GRASSROOTS: When Enough People Join We Can Change

Moving Planet - September 24th, 2011: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

What is Climate Change? A Quick Look

A quick look at what exactly Climate Change is and how its affecting our planet.

Friday, September 23, 2011

CLIMATE 101 by The Climate Reality Project

Giant melting da Vinci 'Vitruvian Man' artwork recreated on Arctic sea ice

A giant version of Leonardo da Vinci's famous sketch 'Vitruvian Man' depicted melting from the sea ice into the Arctic Ocean has been constructed just 800 kilometres from the North Pole, as a call for urgent action on climate change.

Greenpeace-commissioned artist John Quigley, travelling on board the Arctic Sunrise, made the massive 'Melting Vitruvian Man' -- the size of four Olympic-sized swimming pools -- to draw attention to how climate change is causing the rapid melting of sea ice to outstrip predictions. All materials were removed after construction and the copper will be reused.

REALITY, Texas by The Climate Reality Project

Ellen Page for 350.org: "Climate Change is Very Real"

DOUBT: Science is Wrong or Not?

Bill Clinton: Climate Denial Makes USA Into A 'Joke'

At the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, Bill Clinton says that "we look like a joke" because of the Republican Party's embrace of climate denial.

The Climate Reality Project: 24 Hours of Reality

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Japanese Battle Typhoon Roke's Wind and Rain

Typhoon Roke slammed Japan Wednesday, bringing high winds, driving rain, flooding, landslides and fresh fears for the country's crippled nuclear power plant. Officials said it left at least 6 dead or missing.

The Value of Vaccines by Shot@Life

Fukushima Disaster Documentary: Is Nuclear Power Safe? Chernobyl, and Thorium

Documentary covering Fukushima, Chernobyl, and alternative nuclear power generation including Thorium. Six months after the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant and the release of radiation there, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to discover whether nuclear power is safe.

He begins in Japan, where he meets some of the tens of thousands of people who have been evacuated from the exclusion zone. He travels to an abandoned village just outside the zone to witness a nuclear clean-up operation. Jim draws on the latest scientific findings from Japan and from the previous explosion at Chernobyl to understand how dangerous the release of radiation is likely to be and what that means for our trust in nuclear power.

Thank You: Thanks to You The New Rainbow Warrior is Almost Ready

Greenpeace is thanking all supporters who have generously made a donation to help Greenpeace build a new Rainbow Warrior. The new Warrior will be world first. It will be a ship built especially for environmental campaigning. Thousands of individuals around the world have bought a virtual piece of the new Warrior to help get her constructed by October 2011.

Thank you - you are directly helping to protect our planet and your gift will make a real difference. As a token of appreciation all of the names of supporters will go on a special dedication wall onboard the Rainbow Warrior.

A Healthy Future for Children in Mozambique by Shot@Life

Energy Matters Video News - Episode 46

Virginia covers a call to the Australian Federal Government to intervene on the issue of solar sector support, SolarSailor announces plans to build wind and solar powered unmanned ocean vessels, solar to achieve grid parity in Europe by 2020 and REC enhances its solar panel warranty.

The United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Campaign to Save Childrens Life by Vaccination

Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child's life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Global Energy Use Increasing 53 Percent by 2035. China and India Using Half

International Energy Outlook 2011 (IEO2011) released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for world energy markets through 2035. Worldwide energy consumption grows by 53 percent between 2008 and 2035 in the Reference case, with much of the increase driven by strong economic growth in the developing nations especially China and India.

Source: Solar Thermal Magazine

3.4m m2 of building integrated solar thermal in Spain by 2020

The Spanish Technical Building Code could lead to 3.4 million m2 of solar thermal systems by 2020 led by the residential market, according to the Spanish Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE) and consultancy ECLAREON.

Energy Matters Video News - Episode 45

In this episode, Virginia covers changes to Victoria's solar feed in tariff, home solar power alive and well in Queensland, wind energy powers on in 2011 and a 10 megawatt solar farm for Western Australia.

Fukushima may be experiencing the early stages of a total China Syndrome

Japan is not out of the danger zone...in fact the nuclear crisis is getting worse and worse! We've recently learned from Japan that the amount of radiation released was more than 20 times that from the Hiroshima bomb, and now it looks they may be experiencing the early stages of a total China Syndrome meltdown. And is the rest of the globe in danger too?

"Fukushima" Music Video by Magnetic North & Taiyo Na

Dedicated to the victims and families of 9/11 and the Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis of 2011. Dedicated to the victims of any tragedy compounded by not just natural forces but human error and deceit. Dedicated to those who in the midst of this, find the love and courage necessary to get back up on their feet and rebuild. Dedicated to love over evil.

The Fukushima Syndrome: Japan's nuclear industry under the microscope

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, six months later

The meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant has led to an ongoing crisis in Japan. Nature Video provides an update on efforts to stabilize the reactors, and the consequences of the emergency for Japan and nuclear power worldwide.

Japan's Fukushima 'worst in history': Radiation continue to leak

At least one billion becquerels a day of radiation continue to leak from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant after the March earthquake and tsunami. Experts say that the total amount of radiation leaked will exceed amounts released from Chernobyl, making Fukushima the worst nuclear disaster in history.

Typhoon Roke Headed to Japan Disaster Zone

A powerful typhoon is bearing down on Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast, approaching a nuclear power plant crippled in that disaster and prompting calls for the evacuation of more than a million people. See map

Kylie Kwong designs fair trade tableware range for Oxfam

Oxfam Ambassador, celebrity chef and restaurateur Kylie Kwong is designing her own range of fair trade tableware, exclusively for Oxfam

Tiger dies for Cottonsoft toilet paper: Say no to rainforest in your toilet

This distressing footage from July 2011 shows the agonising death of an endangered Sumatran tiger in an APP concession in Sumatra, Indonesia. There are less than 400 remaining Sumatran tigers in the wild and that number is rapidly declining as their habitat continues to be destroyed to make cheap pulp and paper products.



Say no to rainforest in your toilet. Rainforest destruction in Indonesia is wiping out the habitat of the rare and endangered Sumatran Tiger. This destruction of habitat is being led by Asia Pulp & paper (APP) owners of the NZ based Cottonsoft. Cottonsoft products contain rainforest fibre and are for sale in NZ supermarkets and, until last week at The Warehouse. Have a look at The Toilet Paper Guide

Greenpeace 40th Anniversary: 40 years of victories

Why Arctic sea ice melting matters

The Arctic sea ice is a key indicator of the state of our climate. The shrinking and receding sea ice has dire consequences. First, as the white ice that normally reflects sunlight away from Earth melts, more of the dark open water of the Arctic Ocean is is exposed, absorbing heat and causing more ice to melt. This is a positive feedback loop where ice melt causes more ice to melt. Second, distinctive Arctic species such as the polar bear, walrus and ice seals depend on the sea ice; they cannot survive without it, so as the sea ice shrinks and thins, these animals' continued existence is jeopardized, as are the Arctic peoples whose cultures and ways of life have depended on the animals and the ice for millenia.

Thomas Bangalter's Helmet in Four Months

This video documents about 4 months of work in creating a replica of Thomas Bangalter's helmet from Daft Punk. The piece has over 350 LEDs, can run over 4 hours on a single charge, and the matrix is capable of being updated on-the-fly with a custom programmed iOS app.

Also, for those that will ask, visibility is actually quite good!

TEDxHarare 2011: I don't want my children to be like me by Chris Kabwato

Chris Kabwato is a social entrepreneur and his several projects include the Centre for Public Accountability and Zimbabwe in Pictures Trust. He is a columnist for NewsDay, one of Zimbabwe's foremost daily newspapers. His background is in the arts and he has previously worked for the British Council as Head of Education and Public Affairs and as Director of Southern Africa Communications for Development (SACOD). His main interests are in new media (mobile, internet, social media) and photography and how they can be deployed in storytelling (journalism, social documentary and social accountability).

Awesome New Full Scale Electric Tron Lightcycle by Parker Brothers Choppers

Short video of the All New Full Scale Electric Tron Lightcycle driving in the daytime as well as nighttime. This bike has had extensive reworking on the body as well as Lithium Ion batteries and a 96volt electric motor.

IBM THINK Forum: The risks, and opportunities of a network world by Joshua Cooper Ramo

At IBM's THINK Forum in NYC, Joshua Cooper Ramo, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates comments on not letting the risks of a networked world blind us from the opportunities of progress.

TEDxDubbo 2011: TEDx Video Innovation by Andrew Simms

Founder of Tagmotion, an online video software company. The business grew from a US$200,000 grant from one of the biggest telco's in Asia Pacific and won a commercialisation grant from the Australian government. Andrew has a background in marketing, having co-founded integrated marketing agency 'da Vinci' in Sydney, and worked as an ad agency executive with DDB and McCann Erickson; with clients IBM and Procter & Gamble. As marketing communications manager for Digital Equipment's PC Business Unit, he helped them reach #4 in the Australian market & Digital's best-performing territory worldwide.

TEDxDubbo 2011: TEDx Video Innovation by Andrew Simms

Founder of Tagmotion, an online video software company. The business grew from a US$200,000 grant from one of the biggest telco's in Asia Pacific and won a commercialisation grant from the Australian government. Andrew has a background in marketing, having co-founded integrated marketing agency 'da Vinci' in Sydney, and worked as an ad agency executive with DDB and McCann Erickson; with clients IBM and Procter & Gamble. As marketing communications manager for Digital Equipment's PC Business Unit, he helped them reach #4 in the Australian market & Digital's best-performing territory worldwide.

BedZED: Beddington Zero Fossil Energy Development

Take a tour of the UK's first mainstream eco-village. Located in south London, BedZED is a sustainable live/work community with solutions for food, travel and waste. Environmental organisation, BioRegional, who are partners in the project, lead the tour.

Building the Eden Project in Cornwall

Can modern English garden architecture help transform recession into growth? Cornwall's days of industrial glory were over long ago when production moved abroad. The area needed a new identity and new jobs. Tim Smit is the man behind 'The Eden Project', which has created growth of 800 million pounds. English gardening tradition provided fertile soil for a world-class architectural project and 9 million visitors have planted firmly on the world map. This green idea has verily sprouted.



Mexico City Successful Environmental Management: Mexico City Today

Due to a rising population and other environmental stresses, Mexico City is working to reduce greenhouse gasses and improve the lives of its citizens.

Floating Dutchmen: Holland builds homes on water

The Dutch have always fought the sea to claw back land, but as sea levels rise due to global warming, threatening the low-lying Netherlands, the time has come to work with the sea, not against it. Building homes that float on water is the answer

Urban Food Growing in Havana, Cuba

A clip from the BBC's "Around the World in 80 Gardens" showing some of the urban food gardening in Havana, Cuba.

More Than 500 Dogs Rescued in Quebec

Humane Society International helped rescue more than 500 neglected dogs in historic seizure in Quebec.

Benda Bilili Trailer: September 30, 2011

From the streets of Kinshasa to the stages of the world's music festivals, Benda Bilili! tells the amazing story of a ragtag group of disabled musicians who see their dreams come true. In select US theaters September 30, 2011.

Benda Bilili Trailer: September 30, 2011

From the streets of Kinshasa to the stages of the world's music festivals, Benda Bilili! tells the amazing story of a ragtag group of disabled musicians who see their dreams come true. In select US theaters September 30, 2011.

The Introduction of The Indie GoGo Campaign

In this video, PCI's Executive Director, Asher Miller, provides the voice over for this sample of what will be the 'Shared Future' presentation. What you see is a short introduction, but it's enough to give you a great idea of the visual storytelling style we'll be employing. We're halfway to our fundraising goal! With your help (share our campaign, share this video if you please) and generosity, we'll get there. Looking forward to working with many of you to take this presentation into many communities, where we'll work together to build awareness and RESILIENCE!

Bill Clinton: Labor Leaders Create Clean Energy Jobs

At the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, Bill Clinton celebrates a multi-billion-dollar commitment by labor leaders and public pension funds to put Americans back to work building energy-efficient infrastructure.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Renault ZOE Preview the electric car at Frankfurt Motor Show IAA

360° video of ZOE Preview, electric car of the Renault Z.E. range, live at IAA Frankurt Motor Show

TEDxNarimanPoint 2011: Transformation in Education by Allison Rouse

Allison Rouse is co-Founder and CEO of EdVillage. EdVillage vision includes a world where all children, regardless of their socio-economic status, have access to a high quality school and reach higher education. EdVillage supports education entrepreneurs that want to start high quality, free or low cost schools, that serve students from low-income communities in their countries. Prior to starting EdVillage in January 2011, Allison worked for Room to Read an international non-profit organisation focused on literacy and girls' education in the developing world.

Damage After Four Earthquakes Rock Guatemala

Four earthquakes struck the southeastern part of Guatemala in less than two hours Monday afternoon, causing at least one death as some walls collapsed, authorities said. At least three people were reported missing.

NASA: Satellite Pieces to Hit Earth in Days

NASA expects a dead satellite to fall to Earth in the next few days. The space agency says the satellite will break up into more than two dozen pieces, but the odds of someone being hit by the debris are extremely small.

Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment.

Ready for the green decade: 6th European Bioplastics Conference

Ford, Danone, Sennheiser, Nokia, Toyota, Coca-Cola and many more: ever since major brands and companies integrate bioplastic materials into their products the bioplastic market has shown a new dynamic. On 22 and 23 November 2011, European Bioplastics unites the global bioplastics industry to showcase and assess the latest trends and products as well as the development of the European market. The 6th European Bioplastics Conference will take place at the Maritim proArte Hotel in Berlin. Source: Concradle

British Geological Survey releases new "risk list"


The British Geological Survey (BGS) has released a new ‘Risk List’ which ranks the risk to global supply of chemical elements of economic value. The list highlights vulnerable elements where global production is concentrated in a small number of countries, including metals which are critical to development of a low-carbon digital economy.

The risk list helps to focus future research on diversifying supply from new resources, using greener production technologies and cost effective recycling.

Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Cradle to Cradle Event: Innovation for the Next Industrial Revolution

An event showcasing some of the growing number of companies who are successfully using Cradle to Cradle to drive innovation, resource management, and long term profitability.

Speaking at the event will be film maker Andy Hix, who has travelled all over Holland exploring the Cradle to Cradle concept. He will discuss a range of companies that have embodied these design principles at the heart of their business, including architecture, baby clothing, a waste company and innovative procurement. Joining Andy will be Rudi Daelmans, Sustainability Director at Desso, and Jamie Burdett, Co-Founder of upcycling company Worn Again. Both speakers will talk about their experiences of moving towards closed loop processes, including the challenges, motivations and opportunities involved.

Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Samsung Launches Second Annual $1 Million Educational Initiative: The Solve for Tomorrow Video Competition

Global technology leader Samsung today invited teachers across the United States to participate in the second annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow video competition as part of Samsung's Hope for Children philanthropic initiative. The winning teachers and students will receive products, software and programming from Samsung, Microsoft, the Adobe Foundation and DIRECTV for their schools, a total retail prize value of over $1 million.

Education, especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), is the driving force behind future sustainable innovation and the creation of an environmentally aware society. As a company committed to raising enthusiasm for these subjects and addressing the technology gap in classrooms, Samsung invites 6th-12th grade teachers and their students to produce creative videos that explore the challenge: "Show how STEM can help the environment in your community." "Over 1,100 schools from across the country responded to last year's contest challenge and sought ways to improve their environment using math and science. Samsung is thrilled to continue building upon that success," said David Steel, EVP of Corporate Strategy, Samsung North America. "It is our goal to raise awareness and interest in STEM while providing teachers and students with the resources they need for success."

Nine-time Grammy winner and philanthropist John Legend also indicated his continued involvement in the competition. "I had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand how Solve for Tomorrow stimulated nationwide student interest in STEM, and I look forward to working with them again this year," said Legend. "Samsung makes a difference in the education and lives of children, which is a goal of mine and my organization, The Show Me Campaign."



Starting today through October 31, teachers can submit a short application for a chance to participate in this year's video contest. Twenty-five selected classrooms will become finalists and receive a Samsung camcorder and laptop, along with Adobe® Premiere® Elements and Photoshop® Elements software to create videos that answer the challenge. To learn more about the contest or submit an application, visit: samsung.com/solvefortomorrow

Monday, September 19, 2011

Touch Screen Test by Chimp Cindy

After playing a simple ball game with Betsy, mother chimp Cindy takes part in a touch screen test at Edinburgh Zoo, but struggles with it until it is made easier for her.

How an egg becomes a baby penguin: Brilliant short video

Watch the fascinating story of reproduction in the freezing Emperor Penguin world. Brilliant short video from BBC wildlife show 'Animals: The Inside Story'.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lauren Zalaznick: The conscience of television

Artist Kate Hartman uses wearable electronics to explore how we communicate, with ourselves and with the world. In this quirky and thought-proviking talk she shows the "Talk To Yourself Hat", the "Inflatable Heart", the "Glacier Embracing Suit", and other unexpected devices.

Kate Hartman: The art of wearable communication

Artist Kate Hartman uses wearable electronics to explore how we communicate, with ourselves and with the world. In this quirky and thought-proviking talk she shows the "Talk To Yourself Hat", the "Inflatable Heart", the "Glacier Embracing Suit", and other unexpected devices.

Series Of Quakes Hit Off Japan Disaster Zone 9/16/2011

A strong 6.6-magnitude undersea quake and a series of aftershocks hit off the coast of Japan's Honshu island Saturday, not far from the area ravaged by a huge March quake and tsunami, geologists said. The first earthquake was followed by two smaller tremors and then a fourth, 6.2-magnitude quake, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and no widespread tsunami warning.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the 36.2-kilometre (22.6-mile) deep quake hit 108 kilometres east-south-east of the coastal town of Hachinohe, 574 kilometres from the capital Tokyo, at 4:26 am (1926 GMT Friday). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that "no destructive widespread tsunami risk exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data".

Social Good Summit's Times Square Debut

Mashable, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation present the second annual Social Good Summit. Held at the heart of UN week, the Summit is where old problems meet new media.

The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. It ignites conversations between a live audience in New York City and thousands around the world participating via Livestream.

The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together this September with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place.

Camera is Greatest Weapon for Eco-Terrorists

Peter J Brown has been chronicling the environmental movement for decades. His new film, Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist spans 30 years of the exploits of Captain Paul Watson and his band of eco-pirates, The Sea Shepherds.

Millennium Development Goals, Lagging donor support slows anti poverty drive

Donors need to intensify their support to help countries achieve the globally agreed goals of slashing hunger, poverty, disease and a host of other social ills by the target date of 2015, says a new United Nations report released today.

The annual report prepared by the UN's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Gap Task Force says that support has risen sharply since the targets were set in 2000, with donor countries having provided a record-high $129 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year.

Friday, September 16, 2011

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Finds Double-Sun System

NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered its first circumbinary planet, a planet that orbits two suns. The cold, Saturn-sized planet is not in the star system's habitable zone. But, someone near the planet's surface could see double sunrises and sunsets, similar to what Luke Skywalker saw on Tatooine in the 1977 movie, "Star Wars."

Carbon Fiber Bodied EV Concept Car from Toray

Toray has spent 300 million yen to develop a prototype electric vehicle that uses a carbon fiber body. This car was exhibited at the Toray Advanced Materials Show 2011. By using lots of light, strong carbon fiber, Toray has achieved a lightweight vehicle that's energy-efficient and ensures safety in a crash. This concept EV is an open car for two people, with a top speed of 147 km/h, and a range of 185 km on a single charge. It was designed by Gordon Murray Design, a vehicle design firm involved in Formula 1.

Simulating The Sensation Of An Object Passing Through Your Hands

The Kajimoto research group at the University of Electro-Communications is developing a device that simulates the sensation of something passing through your hand. It is proposed to improve the sense of realism in games, and uses a vibration mechanism to create the illusion.

Elisabetta Canalis: A Sneak Peek at Her Naked Shoot

Catch a sneak peek of Elisabetta's photo shoot for her "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" PETA ad.

Next-generation battery with 10 year lifespan: The Sony ESSP-2000

In September, Sony Business Solutions will release the ESSP-2000, a next-generation storage battery with an expected life of at least 10 years. The ESSP-2000 uses olivine-type iron phosphate lithium-ion batteries. As well as having a long life, this module is very safe, can charge quickly, and delivers a high output.

The ESSP-2000 can be switched between three modes. This enables uninterrupted use of PCs and servers during a power outage, or peak shift response by setting a timer for charging and discharging. With its high capacity of 2.4 kWh, this module was developed to provide back-up for servers and network equipment in small offices or labs.

Touchable 3D Character Projected Into a Real Environment

RePro3D, developed by a research group at Keio University, is a multi-perspective, naked eye 3D display in which viewers can touch a 3D character floating in midair. The touchable 3D display is a combination of three elements. A mechanically-controlled model environment, a tactile interface and a glasses-free 3D integral imaging display.

The input interface uses an infrared camera to recognize the movements of the user's hand, and the character on screen reacts to the movements instantly. They are currently developing a system which can replicate the sensation of directly touching the image by having the user wear a tactile feedback device on their finger.

Are you ready? Powershift !

United Way: Build up the person. Build up the community

Just by watching this video you are donating to this non-profit, thanks to our advertisers. So why not support the fight and send it to a few friends!

United Way: Build up the person. Build up the community

Just by watching this video you are donating to this non-profit, thanks to our advertisers. So why not support the fight and send it to a few friends!

FDA Disputes TV Suggestion of Apple Juice Risk

The federal Food and Drug Administration and toxicologists are disputing suggestions by television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz that trace amounts of arsenic in many apple juice products pose a health concern.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Crisis worsens in flood-hit Pakistan: Five million people affected

More than five million people have been affected by floods in Pakistan. Hundreds of thousands are homeless, and the situation is getting worse by the day.

International Day of Peace 2011: Message of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Video Message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2011 (21 September). This year - on its 30th anniversary - the Day's theme is "Peace and Democracy: make your voice heard".

2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Opel Rak e - Exterior design

Plaza de Mayo Grandmothers receive UNESCO Peace Prize

The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Argentina) receive the 2010 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize at UNESCO Headquarters on 14 September, in the presence of the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Côte d'Ivoire Alassane Dramane Ouattara and several other Heads of State or Government.

2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Opel Rak e - On the road

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

At Least 75 Kenyans Dead After Gasoline Pipeline Explodes

A leaking gasoline pipeline in Kenya's capital exploded on Monday, turning part of a shantytown into an inferno in which at least 75 people were killed and more than 100 hurt.

9/11 Memorial Plaza in NYC Opens to Public

The plot of land known for a decade as "the pile," "the pit" and "ground zero" opened to the public Monday for the first time since that terrible morning in 2001.

TEDxDubbo 2011: Can Human Ingenuity Make Oil? by Prof Susan Pond

Dr Susan Pond AM FTSE is Adjunct Professor of the Dow Sustainability Program at the United States Study Centre, which is based at The University of Sydney. The Program brings together Australian and international academic, business and policy experts in order to address a range of sustainability challenges. Dr Pond's area of interest is the development of the advanced transportation biofuels industry, including the critical success factors required for commercially viable production at scale.

Environmental Media Association: Earthbound

2013 Lexus GS 450h revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Lexus has revealed the 2013 GS 450h, ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Looking virtually identical to the standard model, the hybrid is distinguished by three-lamp headlights, blue-tinted logos and 17-inch alloy wheels. Interior changes are minor, but include bamboo wood trim and a hybrid display for the infotainment system.

Power is provided by an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor. This gives the car a maximum output of 338 hp (252 kW / 343 PS), which enables it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 131 mph (211 km/h).

In terms of efficiency, Lexus says the fuel consumption has been reduced by more than 30 percent. To achieve this, engineers installed a new Power Control Unit and improved regenerative brakes.

IAA 2011: World reveal Audi Urban Concept Sportback

The Denial Hits The Fan by The Climate Reality Project

24 Hours of Reality - brought to you by The Climate Reality Project.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I Am America by Krista Branch

Families Remember 9/11 Victims in New York

Relatives of those killed on Sept. 11 gathered Sunday at a transformed ground zero, the centerpiece of a day of mourning and remembrance around the nation and world to mark 10 years since the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

Mourners Visit New Sept. 11 Memorial

As family members began reading the names of the victims of 9/11, others paid their respects at the new Sept. 11th memorial that was opened for relatives.

Names of 9/11 Victims Ring Out

The family members of people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center remembered their loved ones at the newly opened Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center site Sunday.

President Barack Obama Reads From Bible During NYC 9/11 Ceremony

President Barack Obama read from Psalm 46 as part of the ceremony at the World Trade Center site to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

Moment of Silence at Ground Zero

The ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in lower Manhattan has begun with a moment of silence.

President Barack Obama, and George Bush Arrive at Ground Zero

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush arrived Subnday morning at the site of the World Trade Center to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept.

77 US troops injured in suicide bomber strike on Afghanistan base

77 U.S. soldiers and 25 Afghan civilians have been injured in a suicide bomber assault on an American military base in eastern Afghanistan. It's one of a series of attacks on the anniversary of September 11th. Earlier two Afghan civilians were killed after a large truck bomb exploded outside a NATO outpost. And two separate roadside bombings killed 10 Afghans close to the capital Kabul.

10 Years After 9/11: Era of Endless Wars?

It was a tragedy that claimed the lives of thousands in an instant, and later bring two wars with an even more monstrous death toll. The United States is marking a decade since the 9/11 terror attacks on New York and Washington D.C. It was the worst strike on U.S. soil in history, which united a nation in its determination to seek out the perpetrators, and prevent more deaths.

But the American-led invasion of Afghanistan that followed 9/11, has claimed thousands more lives in what's now the longest conflict in U.S. history. While the initial aim of the war on terror was to target Al Qaeda, which was blamed for the attack on America, the fight was soon extended to Iraq. And as RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports, the new U.S. President has taken the battle even further.

The September 11 decade

Haltingly, Flight 93 Memorial Takes Shape

Despite family concerns that the remote Pennsylvania crash site is often overlooked, the spot where the hijacked plane came down on Sept. 11, 2001 has a surprisingly steady stream of visitors.

September 11, 2001: the Day That Changed America

On September 11, 2001, four planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people in a matter of hours. This is how that day unfolded.

National September 11th Memorial Animated Construction Time-lapse

The video animations shows construction progress during April 2009 through September 2011. Watch as steel erected, cement being poured, and trees being planted. So far, the progress at the 9/11 Memorial plaza is at 90%, with finishing work being performed.

The National September 11th Memorial is schedule to open on September 11, 2011; the 10th anniversary of September 11th 2001.

A short animation memorial video about 9/11

TEDxDubbo 2011: Fuel vs Food, a Personal Passion by Fiona Simpson

Fiona lives with her husband Ed on his family's mixed farming property "The Plantation" near Premer on the Liverpool Plains. With broadacre farming and commercial and stud cattle operations, Fiona is particularly responsible for the administration, marketing and risk management of the business.

Fiona holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts/Business, and has tertiary qualifications in workplace training and adult education. In July 08 she was elected as an Executive Councillor in the NSW Farmer's Association, and as a member of its Conservation and Resource Management Committee, and in August 08 was elected as a Councillor in the Liverpool Plains Shire Council.

Fiona was the inaugural secretary of the Caroona Coal Action Group until her election to Council in August 08, and through that involvement holds a position on the working group for the Namoi Catchment Water Study. She is concerned at the imbalance of legislation favouring mining over agriculture, water and food, and says that some areas simply should be "no-go" zones. She is proud of the value and sustainability of the agricultural industry on the Liverpool Plains, and believes that mining should only proceed if it places no threat to this vital food production area, or to valuable natural resources. She has grave concerns about the regulatory process concerning mining development, and believes that current processes favour mining over all else. She is adamant that farmers and landholders must know their rights when it comes to dealing with mining companies, and must educate themselves and obtain assistance where necessary to ensure a level playing field.

Requiem for a Team: Over 100,000 say farewell to Lokomotiv on home ice

The families and fans of Russia's Lokomotiv ice hockey team gather at the home stadium where the players, who died in Wednesday's plane crash, played their last game. Russia' Prime Minister Vladimir Putin also attented to pay his respects to the team.

The History of the Glastonbury Festival

A look at the history of the largest green-field music and performing arts event known as the Glastonbury Festival.

Floods affect millions in Pakistan

Monsoon rains are continuing in Pakistan, in what has been described as the worst disaster to hit the southern province of Sindh. The floods have already inundated 4 million acres of land and affected 4 million people, scores of whom have fled the worst-affected areas. Thousands of livestock have already been washed away by the flooding, but people are determined to take their cattle - their only movable assets - with them, as they try to hold onto anything that can be saved.

NASA GRAIL Spacecraft Launched on Lunar Mission

NASA's GRAIL spacecraft launched to the moon aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket on Sept. 10, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GRAIL's primary science objectives are to determine the structure of the lunar interior, from crust to core, and to advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon.

Remembering the fallen of the 9-11 terror attacks in California

A California firefighter creates an elaborate memorial to victims of the 9-11 terror attacks as Britain's prime minister warns Islamic extremism remains a threat.

Frost Over the World: Ten years after 9/11

The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero- Symbolism in Numbers

9/11: Lessons Learned

Ten years after the darkest day in the city's history, residents reflect on the answer to the question, "What did you learn from 9/11?"

New York City Mayors laud post-9/11 economy

New York City's current and former mayors highlight the revitalization of lower Manhattan in the days leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Panetta, Petraeus Attend 9/11 Concert

Defence secretary Leon Panetta and the director of the CIA, General David Petraeus, both spoke at a September 11 remembrance concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Friday night.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Indigenous Call: Take Back Our Future

Indigenous peoples from across North America join the Tar Sands Action with a determined message of hope.

Raghava KK: Shake up your story

Artist Raghava KK demos his new children's book for iPad with a fun feature: when you shake it, the story -- and your perspective -- changes. In this charming short talk, he invites all of us to shake up our perspective a little bit.

Port Deposit, Maryland Still Under Water

In downstream Port Deposit, Maryland some residents paddled canoes in four feet of water covering Main Street while swift water rescue teams conducted patrols through the streets. In areas where the water had receded, mud and debris were left behind.

OLED: Technology and Design

There is one thing we can be sure of regarding the light of the future: it will be versatile. Innovative lighting technologies illuminate the world in a new light. Example: OLED. Organic lighting diodes redesign the aesthetics of interiors and open up new possibilities for both designers and architects.

Video Showing Velve OLED Lighting Panels by Verbatim

Back to the Start by Johnny Kelly

The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system.

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start." Download the song now available on iTunes. Label and proceeds benefit The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-scientist-single/id458479961

Back to the Start by Johnny Kelly

The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system.

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start." Download the song now available on iTunes. Label and proceeds benefit The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-scientist-single/id458479961

Back For The Future: The Nike MAG

It was an ordinary evening at Lone Pine Mall. All Kevin Durant wanted was a new pair of shoes. Then the space-time continuum showed up. Bill Hader, Christopher Lloyd, Tinker Hatfield, Donald Fullilove and KD star in a film about the most famous shoes never made, in an effort to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.

To learn more, go to www.back4thefuture.com. To bid on the 2011 Nike MAG shoes, go to www.nikemag.ebay.com.

The Nike MAG shoes have arrived

Introducing the future of Nike Footwear. The 2011 Nike MAG shoes have arrived. 1500 of the famous, LED-electroluminescent shoes will be auctioned on eBay, Sept 8th - Sept 18th. All net proceeds from the auction sales will go directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Rugby World Cup 2011: Opening Ceremony Full Version

Magnitude 6,7 Earthquake off Vancouver Island felt in Metro Vancouver , No Tsunami Threat

There were no immediate signs of damage in downtown Vancouver. In the Vancouver Sun newsroom, lights swayed for a half-minute when the quake struck. Brent Ward, a professor in Simon Fraser University's department of earth sciences, said people were more likely to feel the quake if they were in tall buildings because of the sway. He said this is one of the biggest quakes experienced on the west coast, with the last one in Washington. "6.7 is nothing to sneeze at," he said. "You think of the earthquake in Haiti and it was about the same but it was shallow." The quake created a slight rattling as far away as Seattle, Washington, but police in the U.S. city said there were no reports of damage. The list of cities where the quake was felt includes San Francisco and Edmonton. But there is no tsunami warning advisory or warning for the U.S. or Canadian coasts,

9/11 The Reckoning: The Sky Cowboys

The best view in New York belongs to the fearless ironworkers who are stacking the top floors of One World Trade Center.

ISS Astronaut Remembers 9/11

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 9/11 Memorial Offers Lasting Legacy

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he hopes the September 11th memorial will still offer lessons to the city and the world a hundred years from now, and that today's leaders will be remembered for making the right decisions.

Stocks Plunge As Worries About Europe Intensify

The problems that weighed down stocks all summer show no sign of letting up. Stocks closed sharply lower Friday, erasing the week's gains.

UN marks 10th anniversary of terrorist attacks against United States

The United Nations today marked the 10th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States with a solemn commemoration in the General Assembly Hall, music, poetry and a vow to intensify the battle against terror wherever it is perpetrated in the world.

"11 September will mark our collective memory forever. We all remember what we were doing when we heard what was happening. Our shock and disbelief at this horror are indescribable," Assembly President Joseph Deiss said in an opening speech.

Blind: Short Film of a Post Nuclear Tokyo

The film is set in post-nuclear Tokyo in a dimension not so distant from ours. Young salary-man's morning commute takes a surreal turn.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Supermodels Take It Off For Climate Change

We were so inspired by the pictures we saw coming in from around the world on 350.org's Global Day of Climate Action, that we wanted to help. While the one-day event was called 'the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history,' we know that not everyone reads the newspapers. So we figured we'd try to get the point across the best way we know how--with clothes, or really, with the lack of clothes. We hope you'll get the point--feel free to watch it twice in case you got distracted the first time.

Save Our Planet by Michael Jackson

Video about the importance of us saving our planet. Music by Michael Jackson, images from Green Peace, An inconveniente truth and Michael Jackson music video Earth Song. It is not a comercial video it is just a video about saving our planet. Michael jackson made this wonderful song. This video is also a tribute to the lagacy of Michael Jackson.

'Chalet Girl' Trailer

Pretty tomboy Kim Matthews, 19, used to be a champion skateboarder - but now she's stuck in a dead end job trying to support her Dad.

I'm Yours (Live On Earth Single Video) by Jason Mraz

Wanted: new correspondents for Metropolis!

For the upcoming series of 18 new episodes, we are looking for new video journalists/TV producers to join our global collective. A great opportunity for reporters to produce commissioned stories for an international audience.

Greenpeace 40 Years: A Conversation in Pictures

40 years after the founding of Greenpeace, International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo and Greenpeace International co-founder Rex Weyler discuss where the organization has come from - and where it's going.

Tropical storm Lee floods US

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee poured water on top of the already soaked US northeast on Thursday, closing hundreds of roads and forcing evacuation orders for more than 100,000 people from the Susquehanna River's worst flooding in nearly 40 years. In Binghamton, New York, a city of about 45,000, the Susquehanna coursed into the streets and climbed halfway up lampposts and storage sheds.

Mayor Matt Ryan said it was the city's worst flooding since the flood walls were built in the 1930s and `40s. Buses and then boats were used to evacuate residents, and National Guard troops were on hand to help. A large evacuation shelter was opened on the campus of Binghamton University. It is able to house more than 1,000 evacuees, and they have been steadily filing in since Wednesday.

Up to nine inches of rain fell in Binghamton and areas of Pennsylvania. Rivers and streams passed or approached flood stage from Maryland to Massachusetts, and experts said more flooding was coming. Downstream, up to 75,000 residents were ordered to leave in and around Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where the levee system is just high enough to hold back the if it crests at the predicted level. Even if the levees hold, 800 to 900 unprotected homes were in danger.

The Lucky One: Meet the only hockey player who didn't board fatal flight

It has been called ice hockey's "darkest day" and the worst disaster affecting sport in Russia's recent history. RT shows latest pictures from the very stadium in Minsk, where the Lokomotiv team should have been playing tonight. But of course what we're seeing here is a very different event people have gathered for. Instead of a game, it's a commemoration ceremony for the 43 people killed, when their plane crashed on take off.

One player and a crew member survived. And tonight fans have gathered to remember the three time Russian ice hockey champions. Dynamo Minsk, who would have been Lokomotiv's opponents, have been symbolically scoring own goals as a mark of respect, during the ceremony. The international team had star sportsmen from different countries including Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech republic. Very touching scenes there from Minsk with the stadium crowded with people holding banners baring the names of those who perished.

Goodbye, Lokomotiv! Video of heartbreaking farewell ceremony on ice

A heart-stirring requiem mass has taken place at the Minsk ice hockey arena, where this evening local side Dynamo were supposed to take on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the team which tragically died in Wednesday's plane crash. All tickets for the game had been sold long before the tragedy. Soon after the sad news spread worldwide, the game's organizers decided to arrange a mass at the arena, honoring the legacy of the team. Not a single ticket had been returned as the ceremony was held in the packed arena. Each spectator brought flowers.

All the Belarusian leadership, including President Aleksandr Lukashenko, were present at the event. Never was the arena that silent as 37 huge portraits of the players and staff were placed on the ice. A requiem mass was performed by an orchestra, while portraits of the departed Yaroslavl friends and icons appeared on the scoreboard. Each picture was met with a storm of applause, after which the Dynamo players scored a puck each in their own net. Similar ceremonies were held on Thursday evening in a dozen Russian and CIS cities.

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