Category Archives: Building the Green Economy

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge: Design to Serve Humanity

Buckminster Fuller was one of the 20th century's most visionary architects, whose philosophy of socially responsible planning and design has influenced cutting-edge technology research and public policy the world over, through the UN's development programs…

Waste from Energy Consumption Chief Impediment to Human Development (video)

Professor Paul Ehrlich —of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Sciences— says waste generated by human consumption of energy and industrial processes is the single greatest brake on…

Investigation Clears East Anglia Scientists (video + full text)

The climate scientists from the prestigious University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the scandal that erupted after 13 years of emails were leaked. Some of the emails…

Solar Impulse Achieves First Ever 24-hour Solar Flight

Switzerland-based Solar Impulse has achieved the first-ever 24-hour solar-powered flight, flying both night and day on solar power alone. World Radio Switzerland reported "History is Made: Solar Plane Makes it through Night", and the first…

How to Build the National Clean Energy Smart Grid (video)

Bracken Hendricks, from the Center for American Progress, discusses the national project to build a clean-electricity "smart grid" for the United States. The first component is "a large-scale, multi-state, high-voltage transmission infrastructure" to deliver electricity…

Solar Impulse: Close to 1st Night Flight of Solar-only Plane (video)

Solar Impulse, a revolutionary aerospace engineering project based in Switzerland, is closing in on the technological readiness to stage the world's first ever night-time flight of a zero-fuel, solar-only airplane. On the aircraft's third full…

21st Century Challenge: Retrofitting Suburbia (video)

In a TED talk on the subject of how to do the hard work of really greening the economy, architect Ellen Dunham-Jones explains why "The big design and development project of the next 50 years…