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Improving Life for the Urban Under-Served Makes Cities Better for All – But That’s Not the Only Reason to Do It 20.9.2016 WRI Stories
Improving Life for the Urban Under-Served Makes Cities Better for All – But That’s Not the Only Reason to Do ItAdd Comment|PrintJoan Clos, Executive Director of UN Habitat, at preparatory meeting for Habitat III in Surabaya, Indonesia. Photo by Anjali Mahendra The New Urban Agenda – a vision of inclusive, resilient, sustainable cities where everyone has access to resources and economic opportunity – will be center stage next month at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, known as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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It's Time To Get Real On The Sustainable Development Goals 20.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Jonas Freist-Held, UN-Habitat Youth Advisor for Europe In Munich, important stakeholders of German and international development gathered to discuss the Agenda 2030. In a nutshell: Germany wants to play a leading role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - and the youth will play a central role in Germany's Agenda 2030. Thursday morning, Munich, in the plenary of the German Museum. Bono's grinning face appears on the screen. "Guten Morgen!", the front singer of U2 greets, "I am sending you a message from the future. It's 2030. I am happy to tell you: There's no more AIDS; Tuberculosis - kaputt, Malaria kaputt." "Our world in 2030" is the slogan of the Conference on the Future organized by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). And so it is Bono, also activist and founder of ONE, that entertains the audience with the world he wants. "Germany plays a major role in making my wishes become true" he concludes. Plenary session of the ...
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Bank Of America Touts Going Green But Funnels Billions Into Fossil Fuels 20.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK ― Bank of America said Monday it will power 100 percent of its operations with clean energy in the next four years, making it the latest big bank promising to aggressively shrink its carbon footprint. But until the country’s second-largest bank by assets stops funneling money to dirty fossil fuel projects, such commitments amount to little more than fig leaves at best, and manipulative “ greenwashing ” at worst, environmentalist groups said.  To pull it off its new commitment, Bank of America plans to cut back on electricity use and buy more renewable energy and carbon offsets, credits voluntarily purchased by companies to counterbalance pollution. As part of the announcement Monday, Bank of America also said it had joined the RE100, a coalition ― led by the nonprofit Climate Group ― of big corporations committed to becoming completely carbon neutral . “Addressing global issues like climate change and the transition to a sustainable and low-carbon future takes collaboration, innovation and ...
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How To Finance A New Climate Economy 20.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the Financial Times . Over the next fifteen years, the world needs to invest more in new infrastructure and upgrades than everything that exists today. This means we have a crucial window of opportunity to build it right, reflecting the new international priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. If we continue on our current high-carbon economic model, the world will need to invest more than $90tn in infrastructure. But it won't cost much more to build our energy, transport, water, and telecommunications systems in a low-carbon way. Making our infrastructure cleaner and more sustainable could add as little as 5 per cent to upfront costs, which could be fully offset by lower operating costs. It would also make our economy cleaner, more efficient, and more productive. Plus, it would reduce the enormous costs of adapting to climate change. We know the capital exists for low-carbon infrastructure; we just need to unlock ...
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Improving Life for the Urban Under-Served Makes Cities Better for All – But That’s Not the Only Reason to Do It 20.9.2016 THE CITY FIX
The New Urban Agenda – a vision of inclusive, resilient, sustainable cities where everyone has access to resources and economic opportunity – will be center stage next month at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, known as Habitat III. ...
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Green Groups to President Obama: Protect our Oceans and Climate 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Earthjustice Citing his recognition that “we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release dangerous pollution into the sky,” leading national environmental organizations released a video and letter today urging President Obama to withdraw the U.S. Arctic and Atlantic oceans permanently from all future oil and gas ...
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Colorado Master Gardeners: Gardening with beneficial friends 20.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
I’m nearing the end of my second summer in a passive solar house with an 80-foot expanse of south-facing windows. At 7,000 feet, where the outdoor gardening season can be fickle and short-lived, the idea of stuffing our large window planters with vegetables and enjoying vine fresh tomatoes at Christmas held huge appeal. Little did I know I was starting a whole new gardening adventure. CSU Master Gardeners are available to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday at the Extension Office. Stop by 136 Sixth Street, call them at 970-870-5241 or email to csumgprogram@co.routt.co.us. Late fall, my solar palace was bursting with green. Tomatoes crowded four window bays, cucumbers hung from the ceiling between the kitchen and the window planters, the aroma of herbs filled the air in the late afternoon; this was a gardener’s dream. Or so I thought. First, I noticed the peppers. Transplanted as starts from a reputable grower, they were anemic, and the fruit wasn’t developing properly, especially ...
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Chefs have discovered that grapes are good for more than wine 20.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Several recipes feature the sweet-tasting fruit. Tamara Murphy’s Roasted Grape, Olives & Walnuts appetizer is a big hit at her restaurant, Terra Plata.
Breaking the Climate Procrastination Habit: How to Bring on America the Sustainable 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Emily Schwartz Greco

President Barack Obama calls climate change the greatest “threat to future generations.” To do something about it, he raised fuel-efficiency standards, launched his currently stalled Clean Power Plan, and tucked

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Let's make it a green peace 20.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today (21 September), around the globe, we mark Peace Day 2016 knowing that for many peace is nowhere to be found; not today, and unless things change dramatically in many places, not any time soon. 2015 saw the number of refugees and displaced people reach record numbers - surpassing even post-World War II. It is with heavy hearts that we follow the news from around the world: the images are heartbreaking: a terrified child, a ruined hospital, a capsized boat, a city bombed to the ground, a community at the end of their tether. For every image that catches the media attention, many others go unnoticed . Suffering and grief beyond comprehension and beyond the limits of what people should have to endure, are the daily reality for many. And while we cannot pretend to comprehend, we can, and must, ask ourselves - what must we do? For Greenpeace, this is a question we grapple with, hold ourselves accountable to: how do we contribute to making our world more green and peaceful? Answers are not straightforward ...
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New material is stronger than concrete? 20.9.2016 CNN: Top Stories
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Create a viral grassroots sustainability program in 7 steps 20.9.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Sponsored article: The passions of our employees can be your greatest asset when launching a major sustainability effort. Here's a case study from CH2M.
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Nike and Levi's pile on for 'fast fashion' culture reform 20.9.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Americans dispose of about 12.8 million tons of textiles annually — 80 pounds for each man, woman and child.
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Agri-businesses launch global alliance to boost green farming 20.9.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Industry-led Global Agri-Business Alliance aims to tackle food security, supply chain issues and sustainable agriculture
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Apple, Bank of America spark Climate Week headlines 20.9.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Here's the latest high-profile news from New York about accelerating sustainability on 'Spaceship Earth,' including must-reads from CDP and DNV.
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Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots already at the bottom of the quarterback barrel 20.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It’s Week 3 in the NFL, so it must be time for Quarterback No. 3 in Cleveland.

Yes, the bad-luck Browns are on their fifth starting quarterback in their last five games, their 26th since relaunching as a franchise in 1999. Rookie Cody Kessler from USC will start in place of the injured Josh McCown...

Unilever to buy cleaning-products company 20.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Unilever agreed to acquire Seventh Generation Inc., a Vermont-based company known for natural and eco-conscious cleaning products. Seventh Generation posted sales of more than $200 million last year, with compound annual growth in the double digits over the past decade, Unilever said in a statement Monday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The transaction is part of a push by Unilever to claim more of the natural section of supermarket aisles. Millennials have increasingly sought out upstart ...
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Blast from a VERGE past: An astronaut's sustainability lessons 20.9.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
NASA’s pioneering space effort is working with the private sector to develop sustainable technologies that enable long-distance space travelers to make what they need — from food and water to building supplies — from locally acquired raw materials. On the mainstage at VERGE 2015, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and Jason Crusan of NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division spoke about the sustainability lessons learned from NASA's tests on the International Space Station.
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One Giant Conglomerate Is Buying Up All The Hip, Green Companies 20.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Unilever announced Monday that it plans to buy Seventh Generation, adding the eco-conscious home goods company to its stable of chic, green brands. The transaction marks the latest move by Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch behemoth with a stock market value of about $136.2 billion, to position itself as a top provider of sustainable personal care and consumer goods. Privately held Seventh Generation sold $200 million of all-natural products ― from household cleaners and detergents to organic tampons and baby wipes ― in the United States last year. For the past nine years, the Vermont-based firm has been registered as a benefit corporation , a voluntary certification that requires companies to adhere to strict environmental and social-good standards. The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, now awaits regulatory approval.  In July, Unilever spent  $1 billion to acquire Dollar Shave Club ― the men’s grooming startup praised by environmentalists . In August, it  acquired  air purification startup Blueair, ...
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Adrian Peterson has not been ruled out for next game, Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer tells radio show 20.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer told local radio station KFXN-FM that running back Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Zimmer recorded his weekly appearance on the show before addressing the media on Monday. He told the station he has not yet ruled out Peterson for the game...

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