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Dust in the Waters 27.8.2015 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Each spring, powerful dust storms in the deserts of Mongolia and northern China send thick clouds of particles into the atmosphere. Eastward winds sweep these particles as far as the Pacific, where dust ultimately settles in the open ocean. This desert dust contains, among other minerals, iron — an essential nutrient for hundreds of species of phytoplankton that make up the ocean’s food base.
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Real Energy and Cost Savings. Right Now. Here, in Texas. 27.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner 2015 Climate Corps fellow Phoebe Romero and her supervisor sitting near a solar-powered phone charging station on the Huston-Tillotson campus. We are nearing the end of another successful season of EDF Climate Corps, the 8-year-old program run by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) that “embeds” grad students inside companies to find ways to save energy and money and lower carbon emissions. Over the course of its history, EDF Climate Corps has developed into something of powerhouse from both sides of the energy sector: enterprising students (called “fellows”) discover a passion for sustainability through the act of finding efficiencies in the energy systems of their host organizations, and the hosts benefit from these energy savings while jumpstarting or contributing to their sustainability goals. This year, 12 Texas companies and public sector entities hosted fellows, and this got us to thinking, what kind of evolution and impact has the Climate Corps program had in Texas over the ...
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A novel approach to reducing deforestation: linking supply chains and REDD+ in “Zero Deforestation Zones” 27.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Chris Meyer By Chris Meyer , Senior Manager, Amazon Forest Policy and Dana Miller , Research Analyst Two tropical forest conservation efforts have gained momentum in recent years: zero deforestation commitments from the private sector and the policy framework Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). Both efforts are necessary, but not sufficient in themselves to eliminate global deforestation. In a recently published paper in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry , we find that linking REDD+ and zero deforestation commitments offers a more efficient and effective solution to stop deforestation, which we call Zero Deforestation Zones (ZDZ). The current state of private initiatives and REDD+ Deforestation, which is responsible for 15% of global greenhouse gases, is primarily caused by conversion for the production of four commodities in Brazil and Indonesia: beef, soy, palm, and timber products. To address this urgent problem, companies that control more than 90% of soy ...
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Geometric retro-modern sustainable wood furniture from Ventura 27.8.2015 TreeHugger
Lovely, handmade furniture specimens that combine a bit of vintage, a bit of modern, and solid materials.
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Renewable Energy Investments: A Case Study 27.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Early adopters are consumers who aspire to own the newest gadget even if it means paying top price. When it came to a renewable energy plan for our home and automobiles, we were no exceptions. Despite the high cost, we wanted our home and two cars dependent on 100 percent clean and renewable energy. Why? Where did we get the money? Was our idealism too expensive? Would this energy cost-saving-investment make a difference in our monthly electric bill? How long could it take to pay for itself? This blog post answers those questions. We took the plunge, began our conversion with 24 solar panels seven years ago and a few years later purchased two 100 percent electric cars. Why? Our primary motivation was to reduce our bills from Southern California Edison, which is the most expensive electric power company in the country and to take advantage of power company incentives and federal tax credits. We had a big-picture motivation too: With our long-term commitment to green consciousness, we support our national ...
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Cotopaxi Continues to Rumble as Ecuador Prepares for Eruption 27.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
Ecuador has earmarked $500 million to deal with the impact of a potential eruption of Cotopaxi as the volcano continues to ...
Frozen Green Beans Recalled Over Listeria Scare 27.8.2015 Yahoo: Business
General Mills is recalling a limited quantity of frozen green beans after a package tested positive for the presence of Listeria.
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What do you think of Trudeau's three-year fiscal plan? 27.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced , if elected, his government would not balance the budget for three years and instead double spending on infrastructure to increase economic growth. The $125 billion investment would focus on public transit, green projects and social infrastructure (affordable housing and senior centres). What do you think of Trudeau's three-year fiscal plan? Choices Investing in infrastructure is more important than balancing the budget. Great plan. Is this going to be another situation like when Trudeau said he was against something and then voted for it? #c51 There are no concrete plans yet, just words. Let's wait and see. I prefer the NDP's focus on affordable child care and balancing the budget. I believe it can be done. The Green Party's vision on green projects is far better than anything Trudeau could come up with. It's a good election platform, but I still don't trust the Liberals and won't vote for them. None of the ...
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How Safe Is Your Ground Beef? 27.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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The River Rose All Day... and Yet We Prevailed 27.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We had promised, back in 2005, that we'd bring Greenbuild, our annual conference, its 20,000+ attendees, and all its multiplier dollars to New Orleans in 2014 to help celebrate a future that, at the time, we were blindly believing might be possible. Blind faith was all we had in November of that year, when we gathered for Greenbuild in Atlanta and began to think through how we might contribute to rebuilding the beloved city of New Orleans with a more sustainable, more resilient vision. How we might help right such a catastrophic wrong, caused in part by human hubris, human greed and human naiveté about the power of nature enraged. So last year we made good on our promise. We gathered together architects and engineers, construction pros and product manufacturers, building owners and operators, bankers, lawyers, teachers and students in the Big Easy, and we discovered our faith hadn't been totally misplaced. True, it was happening in fits and starts, but there were new green schools, some new green ...
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Judge reverses manslaughter conviction due to GM ignition 27.8.2015 Philly.com News
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania judge reversed the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a woman Wednesday after determining a faulty General Motors ignition switch contributed to her crashing into a school bus and utility pole, killing her teenage passenger.
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Celebrities rally behind solar for Africa 27.8.2015 TreeHugger
From Akon to Nelly, musicians are calling for a solar revolution in Africa.
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Cascadian Farm frozen green beans recalled due to listeria 27.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms and even death.
Cascadian Farm frozen green beans recalled due to listeria 27.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
General Mills is recalling about 60,000 packages of its Cascadian Farm frozen green beans after one package tested positive for ...
Eco chic: Organic linen textiles have hipster style 27.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
G&TDesign, out of Vancouver, B.C., works exclusively with 100-percent organic linen to make its napkins, tea towels and pillows.
Frozen green beans recalled over listeria 27.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
General Mills said the voluntary recall involves 10-ounce bags of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans with either of two “better if used by dates” stamped on the package: “10APR2016” and “11APR2016.” The recalled products were distributed nationwide.
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Judge reverses manslaughter conviction due to GM ignition 27.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge reversed the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a woman Wednesday after determining a faulty General Motors ignition switch contributed to her crashing into a school bus and utility pole, killing her teenage passenger. LaKisha Ward-Green, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and reckless driving in 2012. She served three months of […]
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Trash or Treasure? Repurposing Food Waste to Feed the Hungry and Create Jobs 26.8.2015 Environmental News Network
"If I offered you a bruised banana, you probably wouldn’t be interested,” said Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, director of Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. “But what if I offered you some banana ice cream on a hot summer day? I bet you’d find that a lot more appealing.”It was this simple observation that inspired a new model for recovering would-be wasted – or surplus – food and repurposing it to feed hungry people, generate revenue and even create jobs. The model was recently piloted in West Philadelphia, home to a large population of low-income and food insecure individuals, as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge with support from Brown’s Super Stores.Compiled by researchers from Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Cabrini College and the EPA, the results were published in Food and Nutrition Sciences, a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the latest advancements in food and nutrition sciences. The report also projects the ...
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The Problem With Protein 26.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Will growing hamburgers in Petri dishes be the solution to our future food demand? "Stem cell sliders" may sound laughable now, but not when confronted with the need to double global food production by 2050 . With a population projected to grow up to 9.6 billion people over the next 35 years, a range of sectors and professions must confront the same question: How do we provide the quantity and quality of food necessary, let alone in a sustainable manner? While a focus on nutrients is important to create a food system that can sustain the future population, an equal emphasis should be placed on sustainable diets. And this piece is too often missing in discussions of nutrition. A macronutrient that often garners particular attention for its lack of sustainability is protein. This is an issue Forum for the Future is investigating with The Protein Challenge 2040 . I recently attended a workshop for this Challenge where a diverse group of attendees looked at how system mapping can be utilized to optimize ...
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How Two Community Groups Are Successfully Fostering Bike Culture in Brazil 26.8.2015 THE CITY FIX
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
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