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How 3 Million People Climbed Europe's Tallest Building

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:06 PM

It was still dark when Victoria and five other young women emerged from a customized truck to climb the Shard, Europe's biggest skyscraper. She was carrying a backpack weighing about 30 pounds -- about as heavy as a suitcase for a two week vacation. At best she'd slept...

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At the North Pole, A New World

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 5:56 PM

I'm writing this inside a small yellow tent on the frozen Arctic Ocean, while shoveling snow into a kettle. I'm on my way to the North Pole with a group of young people to declare it protected and call for a sanctuary there. Today was hard, with giant...

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America's Weakening Thirst for Oil Is Houston's Growing Problem

(41) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 5:17 PM

Oil companies have a secret. Or rather, there's a crucial fact that they'd prefer you didn't know. Right now it's taken as gospel that America needs increasing amounts of oil, and that drilling here in the U.S. will help provide it. Even people who are concerned about spills and climate...

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U.S. Car Companies on Cruise Control While the Amazon Burns

(9) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 9:11 AM

Brazil is on the move. From the soaring skyscrapers of Sao Paulo to the manufacturing center of Manaus, this country is taking the 21st century and running with it. The nation hosts the soccer World Cup in 2014, the Olympics in 2016 and the Rio + 20 Earth summit in...

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BP's 21st Century Strategy? Go Backwards.

(10) Comments | Posted December 26, 2011 | 11:50 AM

We shouldn't be surprised that BP has ditched its solar division to concentrate on its core business of pumping oil from increasingly risky areas of the earth. We all knew, deep in our hearts, that this company's love affair with alternative energy was never more than a casual...

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New Zealand's Oil Disaster: Black Swans and Human Errors

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 10:00 AM

A couple of years ago, the writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb invented a new metaphor which describes what he calls low probability, high impact events -- the Black Swan. For centuries this creature was not thought to exist, but then the discovery of a single animal turned this assumption...

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