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Real Leaders has been recognizing the leaders who are creating a better world for our future for over 10 years. EarthX has created the largest environmental experience for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies, and corporate practices that are reshaping our world. The climate crisis is one of the world’s most pressing and […]
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Canadian ice climbing legend Will Gadd revisited the highest point in Africa in February 2020 to make the last ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania before climate change sees the ice glacier melt away forever. Researchers in 2000 predicted that the ice on the 5,895m high dormant volcano in the Eastern Rift mountains of Africa […]
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Our philosophy, which is echoed when you look at consumer behavior, is when given a choice, if it’s easy to do the right thing, people do it.” Pete Davis is the CEO of Green Print, an environmental technology company that offers sustainability as a service. This […]
“Many people still do not seem to fully understand (climate change) is impacting our lives...
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “The end goal of EarthX is to save the world and to save it environmentally, but through education, through calls to action, through recruitment. It was a disadvantage starting this in Dallas 10 years ago, but now it’s a great advantage because we have built a […]
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Every time I was talking to businesses, they were saying, ‘Oh, we wish we could help, Matt. We wish we could do more.’ I’d always tell companies, ‘You can. Plant trees.’ People don’t realize how important trees are to the environment.” Matt Hill is the founder […]
“Teaching People About Climate Change is the First Step in Fighting it.” — Pakistani Activist Iqbal Badruddin
All too often, the conversations around climate change erase the voices of the people who are most affected by it. In this series of interviews, we talk to climate activists from throughout the Global South about the fight for climate justice and their visions for a sustainable future. Do an internet search for “climate activist” […]
A series of domes containing pollution from cities around the world was placed in the Norwegian city of Trondheim and London earlier this year as part of an investigation by psychologists to ascertain whether art can change people’s perception of climate change. The idea is the brainchild of British artist Michael Pinsky’s, who created the […]
For most of us, climate change looms large, threatening to overturn every aspect of how we do business. But as a leader, you know that within every challenge lies opportunity — and climate change is no exception. With an eye towards innovation and partnerships, you can harness this moment and establish your company as a climate-positive leader, […]
The hunger for images that show new and existing solutions to the climate crisis continues to grow exponentially as our collective awareness deepens. But relevant and engaging imagery is hard, or even impossible, to source. As a career photojournalist focused on environmental stories – researching, finding, chasing and shooting climate solutions is a provocation and frustration […]
Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for protection of the environment on Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, saying the coronavirus pandemic had shown that some challenges had to be met with a global response. Francis praised the environmental movement, saying it was necessary for young people to “take to the streets to […]
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg joined calls for a combined effort to tackle coronavirus and the climate crisis, saying the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday was the time to choose a “new way forward”. Dramatic improvements in air and water quality as coronavirus lockdowns have cut pollution have prompted calls for a low-carbon future, […]
What if Pascal was right when he said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” If I am honest with myself, I can see that I live mostly in perpetual busyness and distraction. I don’t often pause for long enough to notice what needs improvement in my […]
Today is Earth Day, but this year’s celebration will be a little different from Earth Days past as coronavirus social distancing measures make outdoor gatherings impossible. Luckily, several networks are premiering documentaries in the U.S. Wednesday that you can watch from the safety of your couch. Here are three new films to watch on Earth Day’s 50th anniversary to keep […]
A new device could open more areas to wind production by using stationary airfoils instead of twirling turbines. Solar panels perched on the roofs of houses and other buildings are an increasingly common sight in the U.S., but rooftop wind systems have never caught on. Past efforts to scale down the towering turbines that generate […]
We’re cooked unless investors stop funding fossil fuel companies. Nineteen-seventy was a simpler time. (February was a simpler time too, but for a moment let’s think outside the pandemic bubble.) Simpler because our environmental troubles could be easily seen. The air above our cities was filthy, and the water in our lakes and streams was […]
A handful of farms across North America are blurring ethical lines by incorporating rescued farm animals into plant production. Is this the solution to our broken food system, or part of the problem? Amidst the outbreak of the zoonotic COVID19 virus, the practice of closely confining animals bound to be food has come under increased […]
Herds of horses, bison and reindeer could play a significant part in saving the world from an acceleration in global heating. That is the conclusion of a recent study showing how grazing herbivores can slow down the pace of thawing permafrost in the Arctic. The study — a computerized simulation based on real-life, on-the ground […]
Parents discuss how they are talking to their children about climate change when they are anxious about it themselves, with journalist Alexa Phillips. “How many animals gone extinct?” When Antonia Godber opened her laptop and saw this question typed into Google she knew immediately who had asked it: her 11-year-old son, Will. As a mum […]
Forget about organic farming: get the best out of the best cropland, return the rest to nature and still feed the world. It could work, say researchers. Once again, scientists have demonstrated that humans could restore roughly half the planet as a natural home for all the other wild things, while at the same time feeding […]
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Microsoft will erase its entire carbon footprint since 1975 from the atmosphere. The global software giant has a goal of removing existing carbon from the atmosphere, setting the company’s climate goals apart from other corporate pledges, which have mostly focused on cutting ongoing emissions or preventing future ones. Microsoft is aiming to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it […]
Trees beware — technology is after your job, too. A German company, Green City Solutions, looked at the unique challenges of city living and decided that a scaled solution to clean air in cramped urban spaces was the solution. The result? They started building trees. Many cities around the world are waking up to the […]
The same forest destruction that accelerates climate change can also encourage the emergence of diseases such as the coronavirus, Indigenous Peoples’ leaders said March 13 in New York, as they criticized Cargill and other multinational companies for replacing forests with soy, palm and cattle plantations. “The coronavirus is now telling the world what we have […]
Do you ever think about your garbage once it’s been thrown away? Lizl Naude does, because everyday waste is what eventually pulled her out of the dumps. When a business deal went awry, Naude lost everything – her house, car, and most of her possessions. With two children to feed and no way to support […]
No Cobra meetings, no sombre speeches from No 10, yet the consequences of runaway global heating are catastrophic. It is a global emergency that has already killed on a mass scale and threatens to send millions more to early graves. As its effects spread, it could destabilize entire economies and overwhelm poorer countries lacking resources […]
The climate factors contributing to Australia’s bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California. Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early months of the southern hemisphere’s summer. The New South Wales Rural Fire […]
Kilometres short of the Mexico-U.S. border, rough hands yanked Javier Hernandez from the trunk. They beat him, fractured his skull and then buried him with straws poking from his nostrils for air. Known as coyotes, Javier’s smugglers threatened to abandon his bloodied body in the desert unless his family paid a hefty ransom. Javier had […]
A new study breaks down how Lyft and Uber contribute to climate change. For climate-conscious Americans, cars are tough: we can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Yet while ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are reducing reliance on car ownership, they’re hardly solving our problems. According to a report released on Tuesday by […]
The failed 2019 UN Climate Conference in Madrid ended in mid-December just about when the massive wildfire destruction of Australia’s bushlands was beginning. The wildfires that broke shortly afterward took the form of a Gaia-like revenge. Australia, along with the United States, Japan and Brazil, had been among the countries that had blocked real progress at the UN […]
Kongjian Yu is a Chinese architect who defies the norms imposed on him as an architect. He promotes environmental thinking by building contemporary eco structures for urban developments while preserving cultural integrity. Here, he shares his journey. “I had a shock! I saw how rivers were being polluted, ancient cities were being torn down, trees […]
As climate changes stresses our human institutions, we are likely to face deadly conflicts over critical resources. President Donald Trump may not accept the scientific reality of climate change, but the nation’s senior military leaders recognize that climate disruption is already underway, and they are planning extraordinary measures to prevent it from spiraling into nuclear […]
Davos, Switzerland — At the World Economic Forum 2020, Jakob Trollbäck, the architect of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals framework, has unveiled a new initiative to foster Climate Leadership across corporate, investor, donor and NGO institutions. Trollbäck advances the core principles of opportunity in a published booklet released in Davos called The Climate Leadership Playbook, […]
Humanity has faced urgent threats in the past, but never one as all-encompassing and existential as the climate crisis. The conditions of Earth’s atmosphere today haven’t been seen for roughly 3 million years; humans have never lived on a planet like this. Changes are coming faster than most scientists have predicted — and society needs […]
I am a climate scientist on holiday in the Blue Mountains, watching climate change in action. After years studying the climate, my work has brought me to Sydney where I’m studying the linkages between climate change and extreme weather events. Prior to beginning my sabbatical stay in Sydney, I took the opportunity this holiday season to vacation […]
The Earthshot Prize, described as the ‘most prestigious environmental prize in history’, will be awarded to five winners a year over the next decade. Britain’s Prince William launched a multi-million pound prize on Tuesday to encourage the world’s greatest problem-solvers to find answers to Earth’s biggest environmental problems, saying the planet was now at a […]
Californian photographer Gregg Segal tells carefully constructed stories that have a story teller’s sense of theme, irony and a penchant for drama. His ongoing project, 7 Days Of Garbage, shows ordinary people with their seven days worth of waste. He shared his thinking on the project with us. The seeds for this project have been germinating […]
Can the wisdom of a 16-year-old inspire us to action around the climate crisis? In January this year, an unassuming 16-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, stepped up to a podium before some of the world’s most powerful global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her soft voice began to stress the urgency […]
The September 20th climate strikes, that will continue for the duration of next week, have already seen 2,500 strikes registered globally and over 500 strikes taking place across the U.S. The Youth Climate Strike Coalition in the U.S. issued a set of policy demands calling for a just transition to 100% renewables by 2030, a halt to […]
Global deforestation may be a growing concern, but reforestation efforts are tackling the root of the problem. “People don’t realize how important trees are,” says Matt Hill, Founder and CEO of One Tree Planted, a Vermont-based non-profit that supports reforestation campaigns across the globe. Trees are a major food source, and make up the key […]
“It is time for less ego and more eco to help our troubled earth!” That was the primary message expressed by climate scientists, youth activists, indigenous leaders, and philanthropists brought to Aspen, Colorado in May by Earth’s Call to explore bold solutions to the climate crisis. Patti LaBelle was among those who raised decibel levels […]
If we were little green men from Mars (or Venus for that matter) looking down on planet Earth, we would rapidly conclude that humans were killing the planet. While it’s obvious to an outsider, we seem unable to acknowledge our own endemic violence. We hide, deny and run from our deepest, most global truth. Extinction […]
Atmospheric CO2 has been consistently measured since 1956 in Hawaii. Calculated figures over geological times have suggested vast changes in CO2 levels, surface temperatures and changes in the climate; now we are in the Anthropocene Era, in which mankind alone is responsible for rapid climate change, implied from the very rapid rise in CO2 and […]
Thousands of students in 105 countries are skipping class today. They’re concerned about something more pressing than good grades and perfect attendance – the future of our planet. Scandinavian teenager, turned environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, decided to take a stand last year, noting that by the time she is an adult, the state of our […]
The need for global action to limit the impact of the climate crisis is one of the few things nearly all countries can agree on. Climate respects no borders and is above politics. We have no economy without a healthy ecosystem. When Washington DC politics got in the way in 2017, more than 400 mayors […]
To curb climate change, “we can be that example… we have to inspire people,” says President Carlos Alvarado. Costa Rica’s president has launched an economy-wide plan to decarbonize the country by 2050, saying the Central American nation aims to show other nations what is possible to address climate change. Costa Rica’s environment minister, Carlos Manuel […]
In December 2017, President Trump announced “an incredible Christmas gift for hard-working Americans” after his allies in the GOP Congress approved a tax cut package in record time. This past Christmas, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario (above) decided to give their $10 million in unplanned cash back – to the planet. “Our home planet needs it […]
At the U.N. General Assembly Week in New York last week, I asked Lise Kingo, CEO of the U.N. Global Compact, on her reaction to the climate crisis and if any repercussions had since come from the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord back in June 2017. Should we despair and how […]
The outgoing mayor of Cape Town, known for averting a near catastrophic water shortage, said she hopes to leave office on the heels of another victory in the fight against climate change – slashing greenhouse emissions from transportation. Patricia de Lille said South Africa’s second-largest city could reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by building homes […]
Countries at risk of catastrophic wildfires should adopt ancient practices used by indigenous people, researchers have said, after scores of deadly blazes engulfed parts of the northern hemisphere. Wildfires have menaced villages and forests from Greece to the United States this summer, killing hundreds and displacing tens of thousands of people. Fire services should collaborate […]
With the increase in carbon emissions alongside population growth, it has never been more critical for countries to become more sustainable. Fortunately, more and more nations are starting to take environmental issues seriously, with the environmental performance index (or EPI) a useful tool to measure the green credentials of various countries around the world. If […]
At first glance, Marina Silva is a politician who served as the Minister of Environment in Brazil. At second glance, you realize that she is also a grassroots activist who has fought to protect local communities and against deforestation in the Amazon. “I had to swim against the tide in many situations- political and personal. […]
A growing share of the six billion believers around the world are getting personally involved in the fight against climate change. In Sikh temples the world over, community kitchens offer free meals to anyone regardless of colour, creed or caste. But the langars – as the kitchens are called – often distribute food grown with […]
Hundreds more businesses, cities, states and regions are today being urged to step up their climate actions, transparently report carbon emissions and make big progress meeting emissions reduction goals. The challenge is being made the day before World Environment Day June 5. The call was made by co-chairs to the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit […]
Any conversation on business competitiveness begins and ends with a discussion on innovation, a practice defined as “the fusion of invention and commercialization” by Ken Morse, founder of MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center and a leader of ESADE’s Open Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship programme. There are three general types of innovation – incremental, radical and open. Of the […]
A toddler’s bath water, tears of joy from a newly ordained priest, condensed sweat from a nightclub – British artist Amy Sharrocks collects all kinds of water. In 2013 she set up the Museum of Water, a live piece of artwork that travels around the world and invites people to donate water – from spit […]
Delta Air Lines, the official airline of Duke Athletics, and Duke University, are expanding their partnership with a first-of-its-kind sustainability program. Delta and Duke’s combined purchase of 5,000 carbon credits, simultaneously offsets carbon from all Duke University business travel on Delta in 2017, while supporting urban forestry in the Raleigh-Durham area through funding the planting […]
You don’t get a lot of ice cores in downtown Manhattan. But visitors to the inaugural show at New York’s Climate Museum can watch 269 soothing minutes of film featuring nothing but turquoise ice cores, drilled from the depths of the Greenland Ice Sheet. For scientists, the cylinder-shaped ice blocks open magical windows into prehistoric atmospheric conditions, but in […]
Have you ever wondered why your significant other thinks and acts the way they do? We typically think the answer lies in their parents and genes, but new research points to another insightful possibility: the average temperature where they grew up. The latest research from Columbia Business School offers compelling evidence for the role of regional ambient […]
Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) […]
Governments are exploring ways to suck the carbon out of the atmosphere to help keep global warming in check. As the U.S. state of California tries to slash its climate-changing emissions by 40 percent by 2030 – and 80 percent by 2050 – it is looking at some unusual new technologies, beyond simply cutting its […]
Dying during a heatwave is like a horror movie with 27 bad endings to choose from. Deadly heatwaves are more lethal than you may think. They kill in at least 27 ways, from blood clots to leaking guts, putting millions of lives at risk, scientists said on Thursday. Global temperatures are rising at a record […]
A British craft brewer has launched a beer made from melted polar ice caps, sending a case of “Make Earth Great Again” to the White House to highlight climate change denial. Profits from the beer will be donated to 10:10, a charity that supports projects tackling climate change. BrewDog said it was inspired by the […]
One day before President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, Climeworks, an innovative Swiss startup, launched the world’s first commercial carbon capture plant in Hinwil, Switzerland. The plant, which filters carbon dioxide directly out of the air, offers a solution in the fight against climate change. Climeworks, […]
Please share their urgent plea. WTF… Where’s the FEMA? Did you know that nearly four million Americans are trapped in the path of a killer hurricane with no way to escape? Yes, media was on the scene reporting on Category 4 Hurricane Harvey’s destruction to Houston’s 2.3 million residents. Now they are in Miami reporting heavily […]
Extreme weather is driving up uninsured losses and insurers must use investments to fund global warming resilience, says study. The ability of the global insurance industry to manage society’s risks is being threatened by climate change, according to a new report. The report finds that more frequent extreme weather events are driving up uninsured losses […]
The scale of the change that is happening in the Arctic is so significant that it’s sending out a warning cry but the rest of the world isn’t listening. While politicians and business leaders walked briskly between meetings to try and stay out of the freezing cold at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year, […]
Tackling climate change is the “biggest economic opportunity” in the history of the United States, no matter who holds political office, said Hollywood star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. “There are a few, very prominent people that still deny the overwhelming conclusions of the world’s scientists that climate change is largely human-caused and needs immediate […]
Eco-Products and the University of Colorado have teamed up to make Folsom Field one of the nation’s greenest stadiums – on the outside as well as on the inside. The university has expanded its zero-waste efforts from inside the stadium — where virtually all food and drink packaging is refillable, recyclable or compostable – to outside the […]
A new global agreement to tackle climate change will take effect on November 4 after the accord crossed an important threshold for support late on Wednesday. European nations, Canada, Bolivia and Nepal boosted official backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries representing more than 55 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions, as needed for […]
When George Porto joined Brazil’s environment agency 13 years ago, the country didn’t have access to satellite data on illegal logging – let alone heat maps tracking deforestation patterns or gun-toting agents dedicated to stopping ecological crimes. How times have changed. Today, IBAMA, as the agency is known, has access to four satellite feeds monitoring illegal […]
Sometimes the world needs to move a little faster, especially when lives are at stake. James Bernstein brushes aside convention and invents a sterile surgery in a suitcase. Great ideas sometimes start with asking uncomfortable questions. After being told how to treat pneumonia, perform an appendectomy and conduct a physical, Dr. James Bernstein had the audacity to […]
In silence, and without using a drop of fuel, two visionary pilots embark on the world’s first circumnavigation using only the power of the sun It was the Wright brothers all over again. On 3 December 2009 at Dübendorf Airfield in Switzerland, 106 years after the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright on a beach […]
The next time you see a celebrity pulling up at an event in a hybrid car, there’s a good chance Debbie Levin is behind it. The CEO of the Environmental Media Association is continuing a novel social marketing strategy, begun in the late 1980s. By weaving environmental messages into films and using celebrities for positive […]
As of Monday, August 8, humanity will have already used up more resources than the Earth can regenerate this year, according to the Global Footprint Network. The network, a WWF partner, declared August 8, 2016 as this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, which is five days earlier than last year, and the earliest Overshoot Day yet. […]
Since the Victorian era in which The Legend of Tarzan unfolds, the overall population of elephant species in Africa dropped from 19 million to just 500,000. So says nonprofit group Stop Ivory, that features the film’s stars, Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie in a new Public Service Announcement video (below). The organization is raising the volume on the plight of endangered African […]
Six of the top 10 global “smart cities” are based in Europe. A new study anticipates that smart grid technology deployment will deliver $18.8 billion in cost savings in 2021, through reduced energy use and avoided economic costs from emissions. The reduced emissions are equivalent to those produced by nearly 15 million homes annually. Juniper Research in the United Kingdom […]
Business as usual is a foolish strategy in a world that will triple in population during our lifetime. Several billion more people are placing an unprecedented demand on every resource and system on the planet. As an entrepreneur, overpopulation can be seen as a crisis or an opportunity. One thing’s for sure – the current pace of […]
The energetic and playful entrepreneur believes the time is right for a radically different approach to business. He’s ready to explore the next great frontier. Your new vision for the future is a marked departure from the “business as usual” model. At what point in your career, and based on what personal experiences, did you start to recognize that business needed […]
In silence, without using a drop of fuel, but with much wonder in the eyes of hundreds of enchanted supporters, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) took off on 21 April to complete a crossing of the Pacific. Si2, the solar airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, capable of flying day and night powered only by the energy […]
Today is Earth Day and companies around the world are thinking about how best to save the environment. Most of us would never consider our clothing being part of the problem, but it is. Savers, a global thrift retailer, is challenging people to rethink their clothing footprint. A larger-than-life clothing spill installation (pictured above) on the famous Alki Beach in Seattle, […]
Visitors driving to Yellowstone National Park’s iconic geyser, “Old Faithful,” also will travel via tire once they exit their cars for a closer look. Old Faithful now boasts a porous, clean flexible walkway made mostly of recycled Michelin tires. The pavement surface, known as Flexi-Pave and manufactured by the company K.B. Industries (KBI), is gentler to […]
The World Economic Forum has released a new report, Inspiring Future Cities & Urban Services in which it highlights the emerging technologies and business models that are changing the way urban services are delivered. It proposes a 10-step action plan to enable cities to navigate the journey of urban transformation. The “business of running cities” is changing […]