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How Food Can Save the World 29.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just two weeks ago today, I was leaving one of the most enormous feasts of my lifetime. Engorged and almost bursting, I was finishing a two-day Nordic intellectual smörgåsbord at the 2016 EAT Stockholm Food Forum . A gathering of 500 of the planet's leaders in the fields of food, health and sustainability from the worlds of science, civil society, the private sector and policy -- this was a two day banquet of ideas, solutions and points of action. The third iteration of this worldwide gathering, the concept is simple genius -- my favourite kind. Bring together innovators, leaders and forward thinkers who usually never meet but are working on interrelated, global challenges -- food systems, climate change, food security, global health and sustainable development. Put them in one room and get them to share ideas, share stories and hopefully reshape the broken systems driving our planetary shortcomings. Jamie Oliver talked of a Food Revolution ; Michael Pollan challenged the culture of food waste; Dr ...
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Why Sustainable Development Makes Good Business Sense 29.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the fundamental cornerstone to secure future economic and business growth by eradicating poverty in an inclusive way, while protecting the environment. It is not possible to have a strong, functioning business in a world of increasing inequality, poverty and climate change. Business has the unique opportunity to embrace the SDG agenda and recognize it as a driver of business strategies, innovation and investment decisions. Doing so makes business sense and will give them an edge over their competitors. The SDGs offer the greatest economic opportunity of our lifetime. With an estimated investment of $2-3 trillion a year, the potential value that can be unlocked for society will be immense. In some sectors it is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions, and even more in others. This is a very high payout for this global agenda and markets are already starting to react. We have seen this on climate action, which influence 13 of the 17 SDGs, where business that ...
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Making Climate Resilience a Core Part of City Development 29.6.2016 THE CITY FIX
As home to more than half the world’s population, cities are some of the places most vulnerable to the impacts of a warmer world. Yet in many ways, they’re still not equipped to deal with the challenges climate change presents. ...
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Building a better battery 29.6.2016 Environmental News Network
Forget mousetraps -- today's scientists will get the cheese if they manage to build a better battery.An international team led by Texas A&M University chemist Sarbajit Banerjee is one step closer, thanks to new research published today (June 28) in the journal Nature Communications that has the potential to create more efficient batteries by shedding light on the cause of one of their biggest problems -- a "traffic jam" of ions that slows down their charging and discharging process.All batteries have three main components: two electrodes and an intervening electrolyte. Lithium ion batteries work under the so-called rocking-chair model. Imagine discharging and charging a battery as similar to the back-and-forth motion of a rocking chair. As the chair rocks one way, using its stored energy, lithium ions flow out of one electrode through the electrolyte and into the other electrode. Then as the chair rocks the other way, charging the battery after a day's use, the reverse happens, emptying the second ...
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Greens call to revoke Jewish National Fund charitable status 29.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Evidence Links Family Planning with Improved Environmental Outcomes 29.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A collaborative international assessment of hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers published since 2005 finds significant, albeit indirect, evidence that access to voluntary family planning can contribute to an environmentally sustainable world (fpesa.net).

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Pat Summitt's work advancing women's rights through sports can never be forgotten 29.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It was a battle of unbeatens, the Sparks hosting the Minnesota Lynx, one of the biggest regular-season games in WNBA history, the story of the season.

Sadly, for me, it wasn’t even the story of the day.

Last week I planned to visit Staples Center to write about what could have been a very nice...

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Evidence Links Family Planning with Improved Environmental Outcomes 29.6.2016 Worldwatch Institute
Phone: +1 (202) 745-8092 x 510 E-mail: ggourmelon@worldwatch.org   Washington, D.C.---- A collaborative international assessment of hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers published since 2005 finds significant, albeit indirect, evidence that access to voluntary family planning can contribute to an environmentally sustainable world (fpesa.net).   Among more than 900 peer-reviewed scientific papers published since 2005, the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA), a project of the Worldwatch Institute, found data and researchers' conclusions suggesting that:   Major reductions in unintended pregnancies---- now accounting for two out of five pregnancies worldwide---- would lower birth rates in high-consuming and low-consuming countries alike. Achieving a low trajectory of world population growth could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the first half of the 21stcentury to an extent comparable to eliminating all deforestation. Greater use of family planning would facilitate ...
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Worldwatch Presents Findings Assessing Evidence Linking Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability 29.6.2016 Worldwatch Institute
Worldwatch Presents Findings Assessing Evidence Linking Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Media Contact: Phone: +1 (202) 745-8092 x 510 E-mail: ggourmelon@worldwatch.org WHAT:    The Wilson Center is hosting the Worldwatch Institute's Robert Engelman as he presents the findings of the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA). The FPESA team has found that there is an active search for a greater understanding of the link between family planning and the environment by a diverse field of researchers, women and men from developed and developing countries alike. There is not yet a "smoking gun" that definitively proves family planning is critical for environmental sustainability, but there is mounting evidence for the ...
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How U.S. rowers will avoid pollution 29.6.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The U.S. Olympic rowing team will appear in seamless unisuits when they hit the bay waters of Rio de Janeiro this summer. Though many viewers will notice only the second-skin fit, these innovative suits will also be providing much-needed protection against the foul waters of Guanabara Bay. The unisuits are knitted with antimicrobial material, their designer said.
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Colorado Master Gardeners: Composting in the Yampa Valley 29.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Compost: to rot your unused organic material in a way that it can be used as a compliment and amendment to existing soil. Composting in rural Colorado — a region robust with wildlife and challenged by severe weather — can be tricky, but it can be done. And it should be. Composting is a very important factor in the sustainability of our existence, as it both reduces our waste and impact on the environment and improves our depleted soil, which, in turn, improves our environment. The how is the challenge, but it’s easier than you might think. Compost is a natural process of organic decomposition, and if done right, it will not attract wildlife or pests, will not be affected by weather, and will provide you with an amazing, free amendment for your soil. Items you will need include the following. • A bin — This can be purchased or homemade, but should be no bigger than one cubic yard. • A starter pile — This should include two parts woody or brown material (dried leaves, sticks, straw, etc) and one part ...
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Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen 28.6.2016 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers found that bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen, and that this ability helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diets."Populations of many bee species are in decline across the world, and poor nutrition is thought to be a major factor causing these declines," said Christina Grozinger, director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State. "Our studies can help identify plant species and stocks that provide high-quality nutrition for bumble bees and potentially other bee species, which will help in the development of pollinator-friendly gardens and planting strips."
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Climate Change Is Happening Faster Than African Crops Can Handle It 28.6.2016 Environmental News Network
Crop yields in Africa will nosedive ten years from now unless we can develop varieties that can better deal with climate change. Unfortunately, we’re not breeding those hardier varieties fast enough.That’s the sobering conclusion of a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by researchers from the University of Leeds. As temperatures rise, crop yields fall. This is particularly true for staple crops like corn, bananas and beans raised in hot tropical areas. 
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'Green News Report' - June 28, 2016 28.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: More deadly floods, this time in West Virginia; Raging wildfire kills two in California, destroys hundreds of homes; Brexit could undermine international emissions agreement; Volkswagen to pay $15 billion in emissions cheating scandal; PLUS: TransCanada demands $15 billion from U.S. for rejecting Keystone XL pipeline... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The inter-generational theft of Brexit and climate change; From Brexit to Climate, Little Engagement From Young People Washington State Must Fix Salmon-Blocking Pipes: Appeals Court; Study Finds Drilling and Fracking into Freshwater Formations; BP Oil Spill Cost Fishing Industry At Least ...
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RELEASE: WRI Welcomes Dr. Liz Goodwin OBE as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste 28.6.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: WRI Welcomes Dr. Liz Goodwin OBE as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2016) – The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced today that Dr. Liz Goodwin will join the organization as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste. Dr. Goodwin will advance WRI’s efforts to encourage countries and companies to measure and monitor food loss and waste, engage the public and private sectors to implement solutions, and further build partnerships for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Greenpeace: Europe Must Reconnect with its People and Values 28.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Greenpeace Greenpeace EU deputy director Saskia Richartz said: “The values of peace, democracy, solidarity and sustainability are what bring people together. Millions across this continent are already striving to build fairer and sustainable communities. They harness the power of the sun and wind to produce clean energy, they grow and consume local food, and open their houses and wallets to those in need. At its best, the EU nurtures these efforts and secures the well-being and rights of its ...
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Kentucky holds hearing on proposed health overhaul 28.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is holding its first public hearing on his proposal to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. Medicaid is paid for by state and federal funds, so the federal government must approve Bevin’s proposal. If they don’t, Bevin said he would eliminate Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program, meaning […]
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Etsy Is Helping Redefine What Green Buildings Look Like 28.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the ninth-floor library at Etsy’s new headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, the wooden coffee tables were built from sustainably sourced timber. Rectangular pots, made of reclaimed wood, hold plants that will feed off rainwater collected from the roof. LED lights hang over a striped gray rug that contains only natural materials. The paint on the walls, too, was vetted to ensure that it contains a low number of volatile organic compounds, which are released into the air and can cause breathing problems. Green-certified buildings are hardly a new phenomenon. The proliferation of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation over the last decade has meant that energy-conserving lights, solar panels and efficient thermal systems are common features in many office and residential projects. The materials used in the construction and furnishing of a building, however, are not always subject to the same rigorous environmental standards. The Living Building Challenge is trying to change ...
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Jack Daniel's wants you to know about Nearis Green, the slave behind the world's best-selling whiskey 28.6.2016 Washington Post
Jack Daniel's wants you to know about Nearis Green, the slave behind the world's best-selling whiskey
In murder trial, Chesco lawyer says father died as he wanted 28.6.2016 Philly.com News
Chester County lawyer Edward O'Brien 3rd, on trial for third-degree murder in the 2013 death of his father, took the stand Monday to defend himself against charges that he withheld necessary medical care from the 92-year-old man.
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