A New World Record

By: John A. Lanier

This was a country with 30% forest cover in 1900, but only 4% today. They will benefit tremendously from restoring their natural ecosystems, and we all benefit from the carbon dioxide that these trees will sequester.

Image Credit: The Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

The other day I randomly picked up one of those “stocking-stuffer” type of books that was on my mother’s bookshelf. It’s called Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous, and Totally Off the Wall Facts by Leslie Gilbert Elman. Bravo to Leslie for the gathering some gems like these:

From page 4, “When lightning strikes a place where the soil is sandy, its heat causes the silica in the sand to form craggy glass tubes that ‘fossilize’ the lightning. Fossilized lightning bolts are called ‘fulgurites.’”

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The Time Traveler's Car Part II

By: John A. Lanier

Lilium’s design produced something technically impressive and elegantly beautiful. That is nature’s way, and it shows what’s possible when we turn to the natural world for instruction and inspiration.

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Scratching an Itch

By: John A. Lanier

By zeroing-out their carbon footprint and then going 50 times beyond that, Intuit is pledging to carry their own weight and then some. That’s the right signal to send, not just to the corporate world, but to all of us.

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Greta

By: John A. Lanier

She does not speak for herself. She speaks for millions of young people who see the climate crisis as the issue of their generation. She speaks for billions more who have not yet been born unto this world, but who most certainly will be.

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The Time Traveler's Car

By: John A. Lanier

Decades from now, I think we’ll all look back on this time in the automotive industry as a turning point. Sure, Tesla might be a big winner looking back, but they won’t be the only ones.

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Brewing Full Circle

By: John A. Lanier

They fully understand that bread-to-beer is a lower-value use of the nutrients, but it’s a heck of a lot better than the bread going to a landfill. I’m impressed, because it shows they have a robust understanding of how the circular economy should work.

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Decisions, Decisions

By: John A. Lanier

Everyone is different, so what is doable for me may not be as doable for others, and vice versa. I believe environmental activism should be about encouragement, not admonishment.

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Mid-Course Correction: Lessons for a Circular Economy

Guest Blog by Jim Hartzfeld - Reprinted from Pyxera Global

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A Voice in the Wilderness

By: John A. Lanier

Just listening to her allows you to feel the warmth, gentleness and passion that are mirrored perfectly in her character. I’d happily listen to Janine just count to one thousand, and I enjoy it all the more when I listen to her describe the majesty of our natural world.

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The Energy-Water Collision

By: John A. Lanier

Sometimes the water is too hot in the first instance to be effectively used as coolant. Know when that is? In the heat of the summer, which will only get worse as our planet warms. Another challenge is droughts, like the kind also predicted to be more frequent as the climate changes.

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