This section covers historical highlights of people in Asia, South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. It exams what can be done to make the future better than the past, including how plentiful, reliable energy can help. Contributions are from people in all walks of life.View items...
This section contains short stories about people who are contributing to making a better world. They can inspire everyone to work for harmony among people of differing ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs, and to work for stronger economies and better living conditions. Examples include giants in the arts, humanities, education, science, and engineering, from the past and present, and today's students of all ages, who are important for the future. Plentiful, reliable, environmentally sound energy is key to the lives of these outstanding people, the rest of us and to preserving nature and the environment.View items...
Skip Hobbs, geologist: The Future of Planet Earth: A Changing Biosphere, Humans, and Global Stewardship. Since its creation 4.5 billion years ago, the earth has experienced constant change. Geologic change takes time. Human civilization has made, and continues to make, profound changes to the earth, both to the benefit and detriment of mankind and all other inhabitants of earth's biosphere.
Mike Dunigan, John Shanahan - alumni, University of Notre Dame: Planet Earth is such a magnificent, unique place in the universe with amazing life from the tiniest creatures to the largest mammals, fish, plants and forests. Most special, humanity. Unfortunately, there is a lot of hatred and cruelty also. The story of Native Americans helping people in Europe in the 1800s as European-Americans were stealing and slowly killing Native Americans is very unusual. If the world is to make best use of nuclear power, it needs peace, opportunity for prosperity for all, good education and sound government. A hugely disproportionate distribution of all of the wealth of the planet (natural resources, prime land, monetary assets) in the hands of a few is not a long-term, workable solution.
Albert Einstein is one of the most widely publicly recognized scientists ever. His humor in statements and photos as well as wonderful quotes about life are nearly equally well known.
Ben Johnson, Historic UK: By the late 1800s, large cities all around the world were “drowning in horse manure”. In order for these cities to function, they were dependent on thousands of horses for the transport of both people and goods. The manure on London’s streets also attracted huge numbers of ﬂies which then spread typhoid fever and other diseases. Similar issues of waste from low energy density energy sources like wind and solar apply, without the stench and disease spreading flies.
Paul 't Hart, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences Research Fellow: Irving Janis' study of Groupthink has had a major influence on students of group processes, decision-making, and management. It has influenced international-relations analysts in their efforts to understand the dynamics of the occurrence and resolution of international crises (including regional wars on up to world wars).