Archive for November 2012

Good Gas, Bad Gas

Good Gas, Bad Gas

Burn natural gas and it warms your house. But let it leak, from fracked wells or the melting Arctic, and it warms the whole planet.

Methane is bubbling from lakes all over the warming Arctic.

Methane is bubbling from lakes all over the warming Arctic. Here ecologist Katey Walter Anthony (at right) ignites a large bubble that was trapped by the fall freeze—then freed by an ice pick.

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Picture by Mark Thiessen

The Crystal – Center for knowledge of urban sustainability.

Welcome to the Crystal, London’s newest landmark building and the world’s first center dedicated to improving our knowledge of urban sustainability.

Urban sustainability is among the most critically important global issues of the 21st century. Over half the world’s population live in urban areas – from small cities like York, to megacities like New York – and by 2050 that proportion will rise to 70% of all humanity.

Find out more about the Crystal and the future of cities here.

Chasing Ice OFFICIAL TRAILER

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

www.chasingice.com

TEDx San Miguel de Allende 2012

BottlesUp Glass was a proud sponsor of the TED x talk here in San Miguel de Allende last weekend, and we donated bottles to the speakers. Our gift was particularly appropriate because our very first prototype bottles were handblown here in San Miguel de Allende, and because Laurel has been spending 10 days a month here for the last 3 years managing a large residential construction and stained glass project.

TEDx San Miguel de Allende 2012

Following the huge success of TEDxSanMigueldeAllende 2010 and 2011, which broke records on the TEDx channel with the most watched TEDx talk, on November 3, 2012 TEDxSanMigueldeAllende presented its third conference, entitled Renacimiento.
There was a strong variety of perspectives and passions from both national and international change makers. It’s all about ideas worth spreading…
The speakers included:
tedxsanmigueldeallende.com/en/2012-speakers/