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March 30, 2014: Skiing Everest, Mission Blue, Search for Michael Rockefeller, Violent Animal Reproduction, and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, figure out if Mother Nature is really trying to kill you, ski off the seven summits including Everest, look inside the city of Damascus during the Syrian War, dive into Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, look at how much food we waste each year, take a walk on the surface of Mars, and find out what we should pack on a camping trip.

Who Needs Money Anyway? Towards Resilience, Sustainability, and a Healthier Means of Exchange

We pay too little attention to the reserve power of the people to take care of themselves. We are too solicitous for government intervention, on the theory, first, that the people themselves are helpless, and second, that the government has superior capacity for action. Often times both of these conclusions are wrong – Calvin Coolidge…

Can Monetizing Coral Reefs Save Them?

  One young man thinks so, and he’s started a for-profit business called ReefCam to do just that. Tim Richards, owner and founder of ReefCam, who is currently working on his MBA at American University, first developed the idea after mulling over different environmental business models he could implement in the Caribbean. He landed on…

Great Depression vs. Great Recession

The economy has been at the top of mind for some time across much of the world. We have learned that the global economy is increasingly inter-related, and although the Great Recession may have officially ended a few years ago, its effects are very much still being felt. A lot of people have drawn parallels…

Driving True Economic Growth: Report From Aspen

  “Our fuel bill was $20 billion last year,” Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, told a big crowd at the Aspen Environment Forum in late June. Burke explained that the U.S. Department of Defense also spends about $4 billion a year in electricity costs for its 300,000+ buildings…

Leap of Faith Needed on Green Economy

RIO DE JANEIRO Delegates in Rio will need to take a leap of faith and agree on concepts like the green economy and sustainable development goals without really knowing what they involve, suggest experts on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Earth Summit. “The green economy is a black box right now. We don’t know what…

The Places We Love III: Yikes, Can This Be How the Big Money at Davos Views Travel?

The 10 best destinations in the eyes of business leaders are not necessarily the ones a traveler would pick. Are decision-makers relying on data that can show bad as good? Take a look at how the World Economic Forum rates countries for tourism.

Visualizing the World’s $1 Trillion Black Market

  According to this infographic released today by, the world’s shadow economy rivals the legitimate one. It may seem hard to believe, but about half of the planet’s workers are thought to be involved in illicit activities, and that number could swell to 2/3 by 2020. Drugs are a big part of the problem,…

Greening the Gold Standard

NG Emerging Explorer Saleem Ali looks at the history and possible future of basing economies on the gold standard.

Are we Wired to Be Envious of One Another?

Envy may be a deadly sin, but is it hard-coded into our genes? A Spanish economist thinks it may be part of our evolutionary inheritance. There are powerful evolutionary reasons for being envious, according to a Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) researcher who has tried to understand the economic causes and consequences of the envy.…