Archives for July, 2010

George Steinmetz began his aerial adventures on leave from Stanford in 1979. Thirty one years later he has accumulated thousands of photographs from his flying machine. He showed us a sample here at the Aspen Environment Forum, sponsored by the National Geographic and the Aspen Institute. The Waw an Namu volcano in S. Libya, A…

British kids can more easily identify Japanese cars than native plants and animals, says moderator, Robert Draper here at the Aspen Environment Forum, sponsored by the National Geographic and the Aspen Institute. American children not readily exposed to nature are more prone to depression, obesity and attention deficit disorder. This is a global phenomenon. What…

Brilliant talk by photographer Joel Sartore here at the Aspen Environment Forum, sponsored by the National Geographic and the Aspen Institute. “What can I do to get people to care about the environment? I want people to fall in love with these animals as much as I did so the world pays attention. I need…

More live blogging from The Aspen Environment Forum, sponsored by the National Geographic and the Aspen Institute. Panelist include: Brian Keane, Amory Lovins, Will Wynn, with moderator Jack Riggs. Brian: Each one of us can and must be part of the energy efficient solution. It is the small little simple things that we do everyday…

Climate change is the ultimate threat multiplier that will make other problems such as agricultural productivity worse. This is one of the conclusions at a panel called “Trusting Climate Science” here at the Aspen Environment Forum, sponsored by the National Geographic and the Aspen Institute. I am experimenting with liveblogging from the meeting. Lets see…

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How do you help people who live on less than a dollar a day? This is one of the challenges that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is taking on. In preparation for a recent visit there, Raoul and I reread a speech that Bill Gates gave at the 2009 world food prize symposium It…

Check out this video to see what life is like in Davis, California. If you missed it, dont fret, the Tour de Cluck will be an annual event. Here is a preview for next year’s event: our hens, Oreo and Snickerdoodle.

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Clearly, transparency is critical but how much does the source of funding matter if it is fully disclosed? Among the scientific community, government funded research is generally considered trustworthy and as a benefit for the public good. Still, that view is not universal. I have been accused of “taking government funding” for my research (which…