Most of us take our electricity for granted. But nearly 1.5 billion people throughout the world live without access to electricity. Photographer Peter DiCampo's exhibit, Life Without Lights, explores the varied social and economic implications of global Energy Poverty and raises questions on energy’s future. He describes the impetus for this work:
"I began this project while living in remote northern Ghana, as I discovered how pervasively the lack of electricity affected my neighbors. It impeded progress in health, education, gender equality, agriculture, and every aspect of development. I have since photographed above the vast oil reserves of Kurdistan; outside of Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico; and people trapped in mounting fuel debt in England."
For more on this ongoing project, visit Peter DiCampo's website.
Global warming is eating away at glaciers around the world. In Peru, a few intrepid souls have decided not to sit by watching, but to try and do something about it. This podcast and article from PRI's The World reports on some innovative efforts by local Peruvians using sawdust and paint to keep one glacier from melting, and to restore another glacier that’s already disappeared.
In a biorefinery effort, Chinese researchers show how stale baked goods can be recycled to create ethanol, soap and detergent.
(For more information on the problem of global food waste, see Tristram Stuart's TED talk on our Nutrition page.)
The world’s population has reached 7 billion and is projected to reach 10 billion in the coming decades. This section investigates the impact that population growth and technology have on the planet’s ability to meet the needs of these people now and in the future.