“I’ll never forget the sound. The sound of metal crunching,” says George Larson, a passenger on Indian Airlines Flight 440 from Chennai (Madras) to New Delhi in 1973. It was 22:30 – pitch black outside. A storm was raging, and the plane was flying low. The rear end slammed into the ground first. Larson was thrown from… Continue reading http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170711-what-not-to-do-in-a-disaster?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits



We first covered Roosegaarde Studio’s smog eating tower in 2015, before it was built and sent to China. I noted at the time that “Daan is an artist and provocateur as well as an inventor, so a project like this is going to do a lot more than just clear the air. It has to make a… Continue reading https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/bike-design-daan-roosegaarde-cleans-air-while-you-ride.html



Not long ago, I attended a memorial service on top of the Greenland ice sheet for a man I did not know. The service was an intimate affair, with only four people present. I worried that I might be regarded as an interloper and thought about stepping away. But I was clipped onto a rope,… Continue reading http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/24/greenland-is-melting