The sun scorches one half of the world, while the other half freezes to death. There are flurries and snowstorms in countries where they don't belong. Other countries can fry an egg in their driveways - driveways that they should be shovelling by now.
It's not every day one sees a fully-functional smart city, given crumbling urban infrastructure in many countries, so a visit to a metropolitan area that runs well and serves its residents efficiently is a delightful sight for sore eyes.
When I launched Beyond Silicon Valley two years ago, I didn't think it would be possible to build deep relationships with my online students, especially compared to the meaningful and rich relationships I have with the entrepreneurship students in my traditional face-to-face classroom.
Past precedent would say that building basketball's newest technological epicenter would be costly to the environment, because buildings of this size require massive amounts of energy to build and run. But our fans had a different idea.
So are innovators in science and energy just too wonky to reach out to the public? Not at all - it's looking like they may be just wonky enough. Here are three successful campaigns, each with its own short video by This Planet.