One Cool Thing: AI Exposes Greenwashing

One Cool Thing: AI Exposes Greenwashing

A team of experts from University College Dublin is using artificial intelligence to help consumers find out the truth about their favorite brands’ sustainability efforts. The project, called GreenWatch, is fighting back against “greenwashing,” which happens when companies mislead consumers to seem more environmentally friendly than they truly are. GreenWatch’s AI scans the media statements and websites of 700 global companies […]

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Engineers Crack the Code of Communicating with Plants

Engineers Crack the Code of Communicating with Plants

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer You’ve probably heard that plants can communicate with each other, or that they grow stronger if you sing to them, but engineers at MIT are teaching plants some new skills and they’re learning a lot. Through a technology called “plant nanobiotics,” engineers have placed electronic components into spinach plants that monitor […]

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Environmental Technology for Peace

Environmental Technology for Peace

At United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres closed out 2020, he offered a searing indictment of the global community’s treatment of our planet.  “Humanity is waging war on nature,” he warned, driving “instability, displacement and conflict.” Indeed, global warming, dying oceans, declining biodiversity, and degraded ecosystems now endanger world peace and prosperity.

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Futurist Tony Seba: The 2020s Will Be the “Most Disruptive Decade in History”

Futurist Tony Seba: The 2020s Will Be the “Most Disruptive Decade in History”

Julia Pyper, host/producer of Political Climate Tony Seba has a track record of making accurate predictions. In 2014, the Stanford University futurist projected that clean energy technologies would fundamentally disrupt the fossil fuel industry, a notion that other experts said was deluded. Flash forward to today, and Seba correctly forecast the rapid decline in solar […]

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Interview of the Week, Eric Schwaab, SVP, Oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund

Interview of the Week, Eric Schwaab, SVP, Oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund

We have excerpted portions of his interview below.  Thank you, Eric, for speaking with ODP! ODP:  There have been many studies documenting the impact that climate change is having on fish stocks.  Is EDF seeing this actually play out in its fisheries work here in the U.S. and worldwide? ES: Yes. Ten years ago we […]

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Second Failing Right Whale Spotted Off Mass Coast Entangled In Fishing Gear

Second Failing Right Whale Spotted Off Mass Coast Entangled In Fishing Gear

USA Today reported late Friday that government scientists have spotted off 45 miles off the coast of Nantucket a 19-year-old female right whale named “Dragon” appears to be in poor health because of a fishing buoy lodged in one corner of her mouth. 

Why This Matters:  It’s not just one or two whales — the fate of the species hangs in the balance.  I

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