WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a 2014 nonfiction book written by Elizabeth Kolbert and published by Henry Holt & Company. The book covers past mass extinctions and demonstrates that the earth and humans are in the midst of a “sixth” mass extinction. She chronicles previous mass species extinction events, as well as specific species extinguished by humans, and she includes the accelerated widespread extinction of many species during our present time. Kolbert also describes prehistoric and historic ecologies surrounding prior and near-present species extinguishing events. The author received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for the book in 2015
The target audience is the general reader, and scientific descriptions are rendered in understandable prose for the lay reader. The clear writing blends explanations of her treks to remote areas with interviews of scientists, researchers, and guides, without advocating a position, while maintaining objectivity. Hence, the sixth mass extinction theme is applied to flora and fauna existing in diverse habitats such as the Panamanian rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Andes, Bikini Atoll, city zoos and the author’s own backyard. The book also applies this theme to a number of other habitats and organisms throughout the world and its oceans. When researching the current mainstream view of the relevant peer reviewed science, she estimates flora and fauna loss by the end of this century to be between 20% to 50% “of all living species on earth”.
A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.View at Amazon .com
Athough history is not usually taught this way, one could argue that cities have played a more important role in shaping the world than empires. From Athens and Rome to Paris and Venice to Baghdad and Beijing, urban ideas and innovators have left indelible marks on human life. By concentrating the brainpower of humanity in relatively small geographic areas, cities have promoted the kinds of interactions that nurture creativity and technological advances. They have been the drivers of progress throughout history, and now—as the knowledge economy takes full flight—they are poised to play a leading role in addressing the challenges of the twenty-first century.
One hundred years ago, some two out of every ten people on the planet lived in urban areas. By 1990, some four in ten did. Today, more than half of the world’s population dwells in urban areas, and by the time a child now entering primary school turns 40, nearly 70 percent will. That means that in the next few decades, about 2.5 billion more people will become metropolitan residents.
The world’s first Metropolitan Generation is coming of age, and as a result, the world will be shaped increasingly by metropolitan values: industriousness, creativity, entrepreneurialism, and, most important, liberty and diversity. That is a hopeful development for humanity, and an overpowering counterweight to the forces of repression and intolerance that arise out of religious fanaticism and that now pose a grave threat to the security of democratic nations.
As those in the Metropolitan Generation assume leadership positions, cities will become not just more culturally significant but also more politically powerful. Influence will shift gradually away from national governments and toward cities, especially in countries that suffer from bureaucratic paralysis and political gridlock.
This trend has already emerged, and it is most pronounced in the United States. Congress began reducing funding for infrastructure in the late 1960s, a mistake that, coupled with the loss of manufacturing jobs, dealt a devastating blow to cities. Nevertheless, federal divestment also produced an important benefit: cities eventually recognized that the best replacement…Read More
Instead of being afraid and frustrated by Climate Change we at ET Squared are doing something about it; proposing the Energy Oasis Model which is one of many systems needed to be implemented to ensure a successful transformation to save our world while we still can.
Sept 20: Bernie Sanders – Bill McKibben – Naomi Klein – Kshama Sawant – Chris Hedges – Brian Lehrer
WNYC host Brian Lehrer, organizer Bill McKibben and Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant speak at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Manhattan on Sept. 20. Photo by Joe Friendly/YouTube
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Press Release :: The Clean Smart Enegy Grid system developed by ET Squared has been chosen as a Semifinalist in the 2013 Cleantech Open Accelerator program. Our team will join a group of formidable companies from across the country in a process that has assisted past participants in raising over $800 million in funding and helped secure valuable relationships with future clients and partners. About The Cleantech Open The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled 727 cleantech start-ups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped its alumni companies raise more than $800M in external capital, and created thousands of green-collar jobs. Fueled by a global network of more than 1,500 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s and the world’s cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine.
ET Squared, Engineered Tools & Technologies, was started in July of 2002 as a grassroots think tank/company whose goal is to create, design, and develop innovative products to mitigate the negative impact of human beings on our planet.
In the 1860’s the Industrial Revolution has given us today’s status quo. An energy system based on finite fossil fuels which is having detrimental effect upon Earth’s frail biospheres.
We believe it is our moral obligation to provide solutions to change the path we are on where the benefits are for the many, not just a few. As American innovators we know we can change the course of destruction by proposing cost effective solutions for building the clean/smart energy grid.
Several winners were announced as top inventors for 2009
The DaVinci Institute, a futurist think tank and host of the 5th annual Colorado Inventor Showcase announced the award winners at the event held November 3rd at the Denver University Cable Center. Winners in the six categories accepted their honors as the evening came to a close. The DaVinci Institute also extended its thanks to Colorado and surrounding states for participating in this year’s event. Seventy celebrity judges from venture capital, the media, high profile businesses and academia selected the award winners based on their innovation and value of their creations to society.
Steve Spangler at the Colorado Inventor Showcase
“We had a remarkable group of inventors this year,” said Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute. “From technical to consumer to medical, they represented the top innovators in Colorado and surrounding states. It’s the inventors that make our Showcase a success and we thank them for exhibiting with us. We firmly believe that inventors are the hope of our future and we will continue to offer a platform to help them gain visibility and recognition for their brilliant ideas.”
The inventors receiving awards and honorable mentions are:
- Inventor of the Year Award – Steve Schmutzer – Infusion Management System by Firefly Medical – http://www.fireflymedical.com/ – “The ‘Infusion Management System,’ or IMS, is a disruptive new product category designed to replace the outdated and unsafe IV pole in hospitals.
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Philip Hartman – A steam cleaning windshield wiper
- Commercial Product of the Year Award – Pete Tovani – ET Squared –http://www.etsquared.com/ – BioReactor is a waste to energy system which is part of the clean/smart energy grid design
- Consumer Product of the Year Award – Gordon Nuttall – Rocky Mountain Imaging – The Rocky Mountain Imaging mobile scanner is a portable and versatile scanning solution that simply and quickly converts photos, images, and pages to digital
- Software Product of the Year Award – Roger Toennis – Loyal2.ME by Liquid Media –http://www.liquidmediasw.com/ – The Worlds First “Personal Loyalty Program” designed for the Social Media generation.
- Peoples’ Choice Special Award – Craig Jenkins – EZ Shot Basketball –http://www.ezshotbasketball.net/ – EZ Shot is a patented fully-automatic basketball return machine well suited for training, recreation and entertainment
- Honorable Mention – Mark Felker at WebRecept – http://www.webreceptchat.com/ – WebRecept™ is a proactive, web-based, customer relations management service that provides live website chat interaction and site monitoring through trained, qualified agents that increase a company’s online sales conversions by engaging visitors and building personal relationships from your website.
- Honorable Mention – Kirk Dennis – TelePresence Tech – http://www.telepresencetech.com/– TelePresence Tech offers 3D TelePresence solutions designed to offer an enhanced communication experience for either corporate communications, or customer service applications.
- Honorable Mention – Rocky Mraz – Electronic Target – (No Website) – Electronic training target designed for remote viewing of target
- Honorable Mention – Richard Sweeny – UFO Micro Furnace – www.goldco-mining.com – It is the world’s smallest, lightest, most portable, easiest to use and most affordable furnace for performing assays of precious metal ore.
- Honorable Mention – Kip Kusser – Zip-Zac Towels – zip-zac.com – A towel with a patented innovative zippered pocket lined with water resistant nylon.
About the DaVinci Institute
The DaVinci Institute is a Futurist Think Tank based in Louisville, Colorado. The Institute goes beyond the traditional role of a think tank. The Institute believes that shaping the future requires more than ideas; it requires action as well. The DaVinci Institute also believes that the people that will shape the future are those that take brilliant ideas and make them become reality. Inventors and entrepreneurs will shape our future. That is why the DaVinci Institute produces futurist events designed to assist the revolutionary thinking inventor and entrepreneur, and helps them get their ideas off the ground.
The DaVinci Institute is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization supported by memberships, sponsorships and attendance fees for the programs we produce. For more information about the DaVinci Institute call 303-666-4133 or go to http://www.davinciinstitute.com/.