Brian Handwerk

Hippo vs. Elephant: Giants Face Off

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 ...

Hippo vs. Elephant: Giants Face Off

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 ...

Rio+20 Aimed for “Sustainable Energy for All”

  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 ...

Is the Clock Ticking Towards U.S. Clean Tech Crash?

  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. ...

Uganda’s Household Farmers Become Organic Exporters

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 ...

“Blue Jobs” Key to Future Fisheries

  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 ...

5 Biggest Challenges for Green Jobs

  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 ...

Just What Is a Green Job Anyway?

  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 ...

Women Workers Tap the Sun to Light Up Homes in Rural Bangladesh

  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 ...

5 Surprising Green Jobs

  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 ...

5 Hot Green Jobs Available Today

  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: ...

Spy Satellites, Google Earth Now Guarding World’s Great Ancient Sites

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 ...

Changing Climate a Hot Topic Among Himalayan Villagers, Study Finds

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. ...