Scientists announce the Doomsday Clock is within 100 seconds to midnight

January 24, 2020 by  
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Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has been warning the public about how close humankind is to irreversible destruction. The nonprofit does this via its iconic indicator, the Doomsday Clock. Recently, the Doomsday Clock advanced one-third of a minute to now be within 100 seconds to midnight, with the midnight hour symbolizing our planet’s apocalyptic demise and humanity’s possible extinction . “Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers — nuclear war and climate change — that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in a statement. “The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode.” Related: Immersive, dystopian exhibit shows what life could be like post-climate change The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is based at the University of Chicago and was founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project researchers, who developed and produced the world’s first atomic weapon. While the Doomsday Clock is a symbolic tool, it is nonetheless utilized as a means for raising awareness about the planet’s proximity to potential annihilation. Each year, the Bulletin ’s Board of Sponsors and its Science and Security Board assess the state of the planet to determine where the minute hand would rest on the Doomsday Clock. According to the Bulletin ’s website, the team evaluates three main focal points: nuclear risk , climate change and disruptive technologies. Because these major entanglements were initiated and heightened by humans, the nonprofit believes they can, with concerted international effort, be managed and possibly contained. Back in 1953, the Doomsday Clock was within two minutes of midnight when the first hydrogen bomb was tested. But international agreements to limit nuclear arms helped minimize the risks of global catastrophe, thus pushing the minute hand back. By the close of the Cold War in 1991, the Doomsday Clock was set back at 17 minutes to midnight. Unfortunately, the dawn of this new century has seen the minute hand creep ever-closer to midnight, mainly due to the growing climate crisis combined with geopolitical tensions exacerbating the threats of nuclear weapon misuse and the leveraging of cyberspace attacks to disrupt society. Rachel Bronson, the Bulletin’s current president and CEO, emphasized, “We now face a true emergency — an absolutely unacceptable state of world affairs that has eliminated any margin of error or further delay.” Similarly, former California Governor Jerry Brown, who is now the Bulletin’s executive chair, said, “Dangerous rivalry and hostility among the superpowers increases the likelihood of nuclear blunder. Climate change just compounds the crisis. If there’s ever a time to wake up, it’s now.” + Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Via University of Chicago News Image via Shutterstock

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This sustainable lodge is in the worlds oldest living desert

January 24, 2020 by  
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It’s not often that hotels located in stunning landscapes come close to matching that natural beauty, but the &Beyond Sossuvlei Desert Lodge is no ordinary hotel. Located in the surreal desert landscape of the Namib Desert, the eco-hotel, which was designed by South African–based Fox Browne Creative , is the epitome of luxurious design mixed with innovative sustainability . Deep in the Namib, the world’s oldest living desert, the &Beyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is located in one of the world’s most surreal landscapes. Surrounded by miles and miles of rolling dunes, the surrounding terrain is otherworldly. And now, for those who’d like to explore this incredible area, the Sossusvlei lodge, which was originally built in the 1990’s, has been renovated to offer not only the perfect base to explore this stunning part of the world, but do it all while staying in a modern sustainable hotel that was designed to reduce its impact on its environment. Related: Gorgeous Belize eco-resort will offer 100% carbon neutral villas The hotel is comprised of ten individual stone and glass suites, which were laid out to provide each suite with a stunning view. There are various sizes on offer, but each unit offers a spacious living area with a fireplace, as well as a kitchen and dining room. In the bedroom, guests will enjoy the large retractable skylight above the bed for some prime stargazing before drifting off to sleep. Additionally, the master bedroom has a dreamy ensuite bathroom with a glass-encased rain shower that provides 180º desert views. From the living area, large floor-to-glass doors open out to a shaded veranda, some installed with a private plunge pool. Guests at the hotel will have the option of splitting their time enjoying their private suites, as well as taking time to explore the hotel grounds. The common area includes a comfortable sitting room with bar and interactive kitchen as well as another pool. There are numerous shaded lounges to enjoy, along with a gym and wellness center with full spa treatments. To top off the luxury, the hotel boasts a strong sustainable profile . From the beginning of the renovation process, the architecture and design team focused on three objectives, “to create an extraordinary experience for the visitor; design structures that are in harmony with their natural setting and minimize the human impact on this sensitive environment.” The first step was the repurposing of the original buildings to fit into a more sustainable model. The renovation process included using as many natural materials as possible, such as natural stone and locally-sourced furnishings. Throughout the hotel as a recycling program as well as an integral water recollection system to reuse rainwater. And finally, a massive amount of rooftop solar panels allows the hotel to generate all its energy, making the lodge 100% self-sustained. + Fox Browne Creative + &Beyond Sossuvlei Desert Lodge Via Wallpaper Photography via Dook Photography

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The time is now for business to mobilize differently on water

January 26, 2018 by  
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The case for investing in private sector leadership on water is growing stronger by the minute.

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5 Easy and Environmentally-Friendly Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

May 12, 2012 by  
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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! We applaud all of you devoted sons and daughters who diligently planned what they would be doing for their moms in advance . But what about the rest of us procrastinators? Don’t panic! There are still plenty of simple and environmentally-friendly last minute ways to show your mama how much she means to you today! Read the rest of 5 Easy and Environmentally-Friendly Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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The New Energy Storage Device That Could Charge EVs In A Minute!

August 19, 2011 by  
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If there’s one thing stopping many of us from buying an electric vehicle , it is the fact that it can take hours to charge. However, that could soon change thanks to researchers at Nanotek Instruments Inc. and their subsidiary Angstron Materials Inc . The firms have developed a “new paradigm” that could see the production of energy storage devices that would enable electric vehicles to be fully charged in less than a minute. Not just that, but the technology could also be used for renewable energy storage such as storing solar power. Read the rest of The New Energy Storage Device That Could Charge EVs In A Minute! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angstron materials energy storage devices , angstron materials evs , angstron materials Nanotek Instruments , graphene surfaces lithium ions , lithium ion batteries evs , lithium-ion batteries , Nanotek Instruments energy storage device , nanotek instruments energy storage devices , Nanotek Instruments evs

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Doomsday Clock Moved Back a Minute: Timing Off?

January 17, 2010 by  
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Haiti neighborhood post-earthquake. Photo courtesy of UN Development Programme The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists gave us another minute, citing a more “hopeful state of world affairs” in relation to the threat of nuclear weapons

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Wall Clock Tells Time in Daily Life Activity, Adaptable for Global Warming

December 24, 2009 by  
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Image via DesignBoom This wall clock is fantastic – it tells time by showing the life of a grandmother (the hour hand), a grandchild (the minute hand) and a dog (second hand). The figures move around the clock in daily life scenes, such as out walking among trees or in a house, and show the time. The design is unique and engaging, but we think there are a couple other really cool ways time could be represented on the clock that could have a big impact to those glancing up to see the hour.

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