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Governments, Here’s Your Ice Bucket Challenge 19.9.2014 International Rivers News RSS Feed
By:  Zachary Hurwitz The United Nations’ Climate Summit kicks off this week in New York City, where it’s widely expected that Ban Ki-Moon will call on nations to make strong commitments to combat climate change. One of his asks will be for governments to make monetary pledges to the Green Climate Fund  (GCF), the nascent fund created at 2009’s Copenhagen climate talks meant to channel finance from developed to developing nations to pay for climate change mitigation and adaptation. But, given their slow approach to the GCF so far, it seems like most governments need a bucket of ice dumped on their heads to wake up to the urgency of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  To date, only US$3.54 billion has been pledged by 12 countries, a meager slice of the at least $100 billion that the United Nations estimates is needed by 2020. South Korea has been the biggest donor so far, contributing the bulk of money – $3.49 billion – largely because the GCF is headquartered in the city of Songdo. Meanwhile, the Earth’s ...
Egg-shaped burial pods feed the trees and turn cemeteries into forests 19.9.2014 TreeHugger
In another twist on green funerals and eco-friendly burials, two Italian designers envision a new way of paying it forward, even after death.
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Wisconsin Passivhaus combines three movements: green building, tiny house and sustainable living 19.9.2014 TreeHugger
The NewenHouse is a super-insulated kit of good building and living ideas.
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Study finds Green Line boosts number of pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis 19.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
The arrival of the Green Line in downtown Minneapolis has brought a surge in foot traffic both on the street and in the skyways.
Green Spirit vs Climate Change: 'All Together' Podcast Hosted By Rev. Paul Raushenbush 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Welcome to the weekly Podcast called All Together hosted by Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush. All Together strives to offer a unique perspective into spiritual and religious individuals, communities and ideas that are shaping our world. This week's All Together segment is called Green Spirit in honor of the giant People's Climate March happening in New York City and around the world the weekend of September 20th and 21st; and the UN Climate Summit the following week. Raushenbush speaks with environmentalist Bill McKibben , Karenna Gore , and Rabbi Lawrence Troster about the spiritual significance of environmental activism and how religious communities are rallying to help save the environment before it is too late. Plus Raushenbush offers a quick round up of the religious news of the week and picks this week's Saints and Sinners. At the opening of the show Rev. Raushenbush references a prayer written by his great grandfather Walter Rauschenbusch 100 years ago called Prayer for Nature. ...
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Ease into the weekend with a leisurely brunch 19.9.2014 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
Ease into the weekend with a leisurely brunch at Lucky Duck, Fifty Seven or Superba Food + Bread. Mimosas and eggs not your thing? The chef had you in mind too with heartier options.

Ease into the weekend with a leisurely brunch at Lucky Duck, Fifty Seven or Superba Food + Bread. Mimosas and eggs not your thing? The chef had you in mind too with heartier options.
PR – Ban Ki-Moon Urged to Champion Public Funds for Climate Finance 19.9.2014 International Rivers News RSS Feed
International Rivers, Friends of the Earth, and BankTrack Date:  Friday, September 19, 2014 118 civil society groups ask UN chief to ensure private finance is not counted towards climate finance goals, and to prevent greenwashing in the green bond market Ahead of next week’s U.N. General Assembly and Climate Summit, 118 groups from 37 countries urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ensure that private finance is not counted as international climate finance, as well as ensure that the green bond market is truly green. The Secretary General, this week, named green bonds as one of a handful of areas in which the summit is expected to deliver major outcomes. “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s emphasis on private finance at his Climate Summit is in danger of allowing rich countries to shirk their moral and legal responsibilities to provide public climate finance," said Karen Orenstein of Friends of the Earth U.S. “Many climate priorities of developing countries are not suitable for private investment. ...
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College students, sports driving Green Line ridership far above projections 19.9.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The region's newest light rail is already nearing its 2030 forecast of 40,936 daily passenger trips, officials say.
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China can rise to the challenge on climate change and air pollution 19.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Alvin Lin, China Climate and Energy Policy Director, Beijing: This post was co-written with Princeton-in-Asia Fellow Judy Li. Next week in New York, national leaders from around the world will gather for a Climate Summit to announce their countries’ actions and contributions for strengthening global efforts to tackle climate...
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UN Climate Summit: A Look at India's Climate Actions 19.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: The pressing crisis of climate change takes the world stage at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York next week. Over 120 heads of government will discuss global leadership and climate action as one of the final opportunities to...
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Transport Sector Key to Closing the World’s Emissions Gap 19.9.2014 WRI Stories
Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario . Transport is responsible for 22 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and its emissions are increasing at a faster rate than any other sectors. On top of that, transport infrastructure lasts for decades, so the decisions local and national governments make today will have long-lasting impacts on urban development and form , as well as climate. We know that we need to avoid, shift, and improve – avoid the need for motorized travel, shift trips to the most sustainable mode, and improve existing technologies and systems. But the need remains for a strong political signal to shift market forces toward a sustainable, low-carbon development pathway. Next week at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, leaders from business, national government, and cities will convene to discuss bold actions to address climate ...
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 19.9.2014 Truthout.com
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The Future of Vertical Farming 19.9.2014 Environmental News Network
From big company agricultural farming, to communal farming or even personal agronomy, the business of growing crops for an expanding global population will be crucial in the near future. The two most important resources needed to run these farms are one, water, and two, land. But these resources often come at a premium, especially with growing populations and increased food demand. Farmers and researchers have already started leaning towards genetic engineering and industrial processing to help with their crop yields, but a new solution in agribusiness is emerging. Vertical farming.
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Dunkin' Donuts: Time to trace the palm oil 19.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The fast-food giant pledges to phase deforestation out of U.S. operations' supply chains by 2016.

Dunkin' Donuts: Time to trace the palm oil
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Why higher education is a bright green market 19.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Universities are a hotbed of sustainability action, including in procurement. Here's how to get your green products and services on their radar.

Why higher education is a bright green market
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The Future MBA, week 11: Courses across cultures 19.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What would the Future MBA look like? Explore the potential in week 11 of this new 100-day series.

The Future MBA, week 11: Courses across cultures
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How to remove barriers to corporate transparency 19.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Consumers believe that if your company isn't transparent, you're hiding something. But what kind of data is best to disclose?

How to remove barriers to corporate transparency
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Big Data, partnerships will foster tomorrow's sustainable cities 19.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Planning tomorrow's cities can be a part of securing a brighter future — but we have a small window in which to act.

Big Data, partnerships will foster tomorrow's sustainable cities
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Author Christine Bader explains corporate idealism 19.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The writer, a veteran of BP and the U.N., discusses the challenges of fostering and rewarding good CSR work in big corporations.

Author Christine Bader explains corporate idealism
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Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy 19.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's U.N. climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar ...
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