Brian Handwerk

By Brian Handwerk Back off, buddy! That’s no welcoming smile, but a hippopotamus leaving absolutely no doubt that an African elephant is an unwanted visitor to its home turf. “There is an island on the middle of the Chobe River to which this elephant had crossed. The hippo was not happy about it and was apparently defending...

By Brian Handwerk Back off, buddy! That’s no welcoming smile, but a hippopotamus leaving absolutely no doubt that an African elephant is an unwanted visitor to its home turf. “There is an island on the middle of the Chobe River to which this elephant had crossed. The hippo was not happy about it and was apparently defending...

What do studies on smart slime mold, whale snot, tequila diamonds, fruit bat fellatio, and how cursing kills pain have in common? They’ve all been honored with past Ig Nobel prizes, given annually to real research “that first makes people laugh, and then makes them think.” (View our coverage of past winners.) This year’s raucous...

  The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative aims to drive economic development, improve living conditions, and protect the planet by meeting growing energy demands with renewable, environmentally responsible sources. Will Rio+20 be someday seen as the launchpad for these accomplishments or simply another missed opportunity? UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon touted the new program at...

  The U.S. renewable energy industry may be heading towards a “clean tech cliff.” Three-quarters of the government incentive funds that have helped drive tremendous growth in industries like solar and wind are set to expire between now and 2014. For good or ill, the political decisions made between now and then will define a...

Four out of every five Ugandans is a small farmer who uses mostly traditional methods to grow crops without much help from chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. In a modern world where the demand for organic products is growing as quickly as any crop, these older agricultural practices, common in Least Developed Countries, have created...

  There are a lot of fish in the sea. But their numbers are no match for growing human appetites and the ultra-efficient fisheries that have sprung up to feed our hunger. A shift towards “blue job” fisheries is urgently needed, experts say, if the oceans are to nourish future generations as they have in...

  We’ve written before about the benefits of green jobs, so you may be wondering, “How do I get one?” It’s true the green jobs sector is growing, but there are also a few challenges that need to be overcome to accelerate growth. These include: It’s the Economy In tough economic times there’s simply a...

  Green jobs are a hot topic in an era of high unemployment. But defining exactly what green jobs are, how they  can be created, and how they benefit the economy and environment presents quite a challenge. The Obama administration made green jobs an early focus and set a goal of creating some 5 million...

  In the developing world green jobs can have a double-barreled impact; providing work and wages while tapping renewable energy technology to deliver “developed nation” services to people who desperately need them. These twin benefits are converging in Bangladesh, where female entrepreneurs are gaining economic independence as solar power contractors and providing life-changing electricity to...

  At Growing Green Jobs, we recently looked at some of the hottest eco-friendly positions. Now, we take a look at some surprising green jobs that might not immediately come to mind, but can also help you do well by doing good. Green Financial Planners Financial professionals are often associated with a different type of...

  There’s been a lot of talk about green jobs over the past few years. Not all the hype has panned out, but there has also been real progress. The following are some of the hottest green jobs around: Solar Professionals The power of the sun is growing green jobs for installers, salespeople, and entrepreneurs...

Conservationists are using spy satellites, cutting-edge computer technology, and an expert human network to build an “early warning system” for some of the planet’s greatest—and most threatened—archaeological sites. “What we’re trying to do is really bring the world’s archaeologists, conservators, historians, and other experts together and help them organize and help manage these sites of...

Warmer temperatures, variable monsoons, and other signs of climate change are a hot topic of conversation among many Himalayan villagers, according to scientific sampling of climate change perception among local peoples. “This area is cold and it’s often raining. Even during the non-monsoon times there is mist and fog so inevitably conversations here turn to...