Protecting natural resources with participatory regulation

Category: Environment & Sustainability | NGOs & Government
Published on Feb 13, 2009

In the past, natural resource conservation came down to the capacity of an authoritative, centralized body in a geographic territory to monitor and control the exploitation of a given resource, whether forests, minerals or fisheries. Said regulators would issue permits for exploitation, often acting from a distance and on the basis of very sparse and intermittent data about the sustainability of those resource stocks (see study on Canada’s failure to regulate cod stocks on the […]

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As the world fights climate change, could games be part of the solution

Category: Environment & Sustainability
Published on Sep 10, 2008

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking to Ken Eklund, a freelance writer and game designer, and the creator of a fascinating Alternate Reality Game (ARG) called World Without Oil. As the world grapples with climate change and other global issues, we both agreed that interactive gaming experiences could play a vital role in engaging the world’s citizens in the process of finding solutions. If you haven’t heard of or experienced an […]

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The big green challenge

Category: Environment & Sustainability
Published on Jan 10, 2008

It seems the timing of my earlier post was somewhat fortuitous as NESTA (the UK-based National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts) has launched a £1 million contest to find the brightest ideas to fight climate change. The Big Green Challenge, as they call it, is intended to stimulate the search for “Eureka moments” for reducing carbon emissions. The top ten finalists will receive £20,000 to help put their idea into practice. The lion’s share […]

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Climate change: the “killer application” for mass collaboration?

Category: Environment & Sustainability
Published on Jan 10, 2008

Don and I have been ruminating over the potential to develop the equivalent of the human genome project for climate change and would like your input on the issue. An optimist could argue that we’re in the early days of something unprecedented. Thanks to the web 2.0 the entire world is beginning to collaborate around a single idea for the first time ever: changing the weather. Climate change is quickly becoming a nonpartisan issue and […]

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Fox News distorts the truth on climate change

Category: Environment & Sustainability | Media & Technology
Published on Aug 03, 2007

I doubt anyone who has watched Fox news recently will find the content of this YouTube video particularly surprising. Nevertheless, it reminds me of a conversation I was having a yesterday with a few New Paradigm colleagues about the Bush administration’s concerted attack on science. This attack is now well documented (see The Scientist, subs only unfortunately) and includes not just climate science, but everything from sex education to stem cell research. If you’re going […]

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Google Earth: a platform for social awareness

Category: Environment & Sustainability
Published on Apr 05, 2007

New Paradigm colleague Paul Artiuch just tipped me off about this amazing new app on Google Earth. Google has teamed up with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to create awareness of the atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan. Darfur, which has been labeled by the U.S. as the first genocide of the century, has seen over 200 000 deaths and 2.5 million displaced since the start of the conflict in 2003. The initiative, […]

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Open innovation to tackle climate change

Category: Environment & Sustainability
Published on Feb 09, 2007

Virgin’s Richard Branson has joined forces with Al Gore to launch an innovation challenge to find new approaches for reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The goal is to find an efficient way of removing one billion tones of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually – for ten years. Innovators have 5 years to make a submission. The winner will receive $5 million up front with another $20 million after the ten year period. […]

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The economic costs of climate change

Category: Environment & Sustainability
Published on Oct 30, 2006

Climate change policy has been in the news a lot recently with the United Kingdom set to release its report on the economic costs of climate change today. I’ve had a chance to read the highlights and find myself increasingly convinced that we have reached a tipping point in a decades-long campaign for a more environmentally-sustainable economy. I’ve long felt that we need to reinvent the economy around a set of policies, practices, technologies, and […]

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