Everyone’s heard the same old adage, ‘take the stairs instead of the escalator to feel better and live healthier.’ Although most of us probably fail to take advantage of this, earlier this month, researchers in Stockholm experimented with something they have dubbed as the “fun theory.” By changing out a set of stairs in a subway in Odenplan, Stockholm to one that looked and sounded like a piano when stepped on, researchers found that 66% of subway goers were more likely to take the stairs than the adjacent escalator. By embedding a fun and attractive format encouraging people to use the stairs, researchers were able to alter people’s behavior for the better without them even knowing it. This concept and others like it can be implemented to help save money, the environment, and most importantly, improve the health of participating individuals all while preserving an enjoyable and entertaining format.
With all the talk of going green these days it’s no wonder that India is now setting progressive standards in which to expand its solar capacity. Last month, following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit they announced the solar mega-project, aimed at expanding India’s solar capacity from the current 3 megawatts (MW) to a reported 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 and furthermore 200 GW by 2050. These bold numbers form the centerpiece of a National Climate Change Strategy and will cost an estimated $20 billion dollars to implement.