The Responsibility of Wealth
"It has been clear to me since the time of the commission that I led in the '80's, that no doubt the historic responsibility for where we are has to be born or taken on by those countries that have industrialized," says Gro Harlem Brundtland, United Nations' Special Envoy on Climate Change. According to the former Prime Minister of Norway, developing countries shouldn't have to go through a period of industrialization in the old fashioned way. "We have to be investing and helping them by paying some of those debts
to nature that we have already taken on," says Brundtland.
Today marks the third installment of Big Think's series "Balancing People, Planet, and Profit: The Future of Business Sustainability, sponsored by Logica. For the next seven Mondays (through June 7, 2010), we will continue to release our in-depth discussions with top European experts focusing on how we can better align the interests of business with the greater social good.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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