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Smart Aid for the World's Poor 26.7.2014 Wall St. Journal: Asia
How can rich countries best help poor ones? Matt Ridley identifies five priorities that provide the biggest benefits for every dollar spent.
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Business as Usual: The US Chamber's History of Fighting Environmental Protection 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The EPA's new Clean Power Plan is not difficult to defend. Limiting carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's single largest polluter, will undeniably protect the public health and welfare of millions of Americans, not to mention that it is a crucial step towards protecting our land and water from the adverse effects of climate change. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants us to believe otherwise . The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a long history of anti-environmental extremism and false predictions about public health safeguards. The most recent of these claims is an alarmist "study" the Chamber released declaring that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would cause devastation in the U.S. economy, kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, and skyrocket electricity bills. Fortunately, there is little truth to these claims; the Chamber's "study" was conjured up before the EPA's proposal was even released, and is thus based on flawed assumptions that are meaningfully different from the EPA's actual ...
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Do Not GM My Food! 21.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Do Not GM My Food! 21.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere 20.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere 19.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Laura Flanders

A mural in Benham, Kentucky. Photo by Catherine Moore for Appalachian Transition Fellows.Benham, Ky., in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, "Benham, the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built."

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Private equity has room for growth on sustainability 16.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Environmentally responsible tactics needs to be a little more transparent to investors.

Private equity has room for growth on sustainability
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In New Report, KKR Deepens Commitment to Tackling ESG Concerns 14.7.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Namrita Kapur by Thomas Murray , VP of Corporate Partnerships, and Namrita Kapur , Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships Too often, environmental performance gets labeled as the responsibility of one team within a company – whether that of a dedicated sustainability staff, external or public affairs, legal or compliance, etc. As a result, a company’s staff can often think of environmental and social governance (ESG) issues as what Douglas Adams once famously termed an SEP – Somebody Else’s Problem . With the release of its 2013 ESG and Citizenship Report , private equity firm Kravis Kohlberg & Roberts (KKR) shows it’s taking a different approach:  KKR has adopted a new global policy that makes identifying and addressing ESG risks in both the pre-investment and investment phases, for its staff, everyone’s problem. Notably, KKR’s private equity investment professionals are being integrated into the ESG risk assessment process: first, in assessing risks during the diligence phase, and second, ...
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How Inova, Dignity and Kaiser advance healthcare sustainability 1.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Whether it's GRI reporting or radical changes to the supply chain, hospitals and health systems are making big changes.

How Inova, Dignity and Kaiser advance healthcare sustainability
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Global Economic Sharing: The Most Important Debate of Our Time? 25.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views

Almost everywhere we look, there is an emerging debate on the importance of sharing in relation to the grave challenges of our time. This conversation is most apparent in the sharing economy movement that has now taken the United States and Western Europe by storm, opening up a new set of questions about how sharing – that most simple human value and ethic – can really serve the needs of all people and the planet.

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How to untangle yourself from clean energy finance jargon 24.6.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Confused but too afraid to ask for help? Here's a glossary to set you straight.

How to untangle yourself from clean energy finance jargon
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Environmental Expressionism 24.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Karen A. Lefkowitz Communicating about climate change and other environmental challenges isn't limited to scientific terminology and quantitative data. There are contemporary dance performances referencing pollution, large-scale installations that depict extreme weather events, and a symphony about sea-level rise. At a time when responsiveness to global warming needs to be encouraged more than ever, art that addresses environmental impact has the ability to connect with people on many levels. Disciplines of art that draw attention to environmental concerns can inform, engage, and energize. They can increase awareness, stimulate dialogue, change behavior, and serve as a call to action. Global warming as interpreted by creative artists can examine environmental problems and prompt solutions. Work produced through skill and imagination can also appeal to a broader audience. Climate change can be an overwhelming matter to digest and art can simplify the issue -- yet illustrate it in a powerful way. As a ...
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Environmental groups settle lawsuit against Plan Bay Area 21.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Sierra Club and Communities for a Better Environment say settlement calls for agencies to provide firmer action and estimates in 2017 regional plan to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution.
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Yes, Religion Can Still Be A Force For Good In The World. Here Are 100 Examples How 17.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Religion has made its way into many global conflicts, and there is no doubt that religion can be divisive and cause harm. That said, countless religious groups, congregations and individuals around the world offer daily demonstrations that faith can offer deep spiritual wisdom, be a major vehicle for service to the world and promote peace. Here are 100 examples of how faith-based groups are doing good in the world today in no particular order. Many of them we found through #ReligionDoingGood - tweet us other examples of your religious community doing good with that hashtag. Giving formerly gang-involved youth a second chance Founded by Father Greg Boyle in 1988, Homeboy Industries supports formerly gang-involved and incarcerated youth transition into a healthy and successful livelihood. In addition to offering social services, including case management, tattoo removal, mental health services and more, Homeboy operates several social enterprises. One such enterprise is Homegirl Café & Catering which ...
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Green managers stuff funds with Apple after environmental reforms 17.6.2014 Yahoo: Business
By Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc, criticized in the past for greenhouse gas emissions, use of toxic materials and the hiring of underage workers, has improved its practices and earned better scores from groups such as Greenpeace. That's good news for environmentally-aware mutual funds that hold Apple for another big reason – it makes money. The Cupertino, California-based maker of the iPhone, the world's biggest public company by market capitalization, has adopted a slew of green policies such as expanded product recycling and using solar power at its data centers. For managers who have made it a favorite of the largest "green" mutual funds tracked by Thomson Reuters' Lipper unit, the improvements bolster the appeal of a stock that's risen 15 percent this year, 19th best among the Standard & Poor’s 100 ...
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Individual Material Consumption, Guilt and the Crisis in Global Sustainability 16.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A key question as we make the long transition to a sustainable and renewable economy and culture is the role of individual responsibility and personal lifestyle. In the end, our individual behavior as "consumers" adds up to the crisis of sustainability, but the causes of this crisis are far from simple. First, there are many people in dire poverty that would love to have the problem of overconsumption. Second, there are a number of choices that may seem individual, but in fact are highly constrained by the production and infrastructure systems available to us. For most of us, getting back to the land and living at one with nature is not a real option. Our livelihoods and lifestyles are found in cities. Nevertheless, we will need to "become the change we wish to see" (to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi). Individual choice will influence political, institutional and economic systems, and those systems in turn will influence individual choice and behavior. Sustainability requires individual and systems level ...
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Face Of Coal Company's Advocacy Ads Is Actually A Solar Consultant 11.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the public faces of a major ad campaign aimed at touting coal's benefits for the developing world is actually a solar industry consultant based in Oakland, California, The Huffington Post has learned. Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest private-sector coal company, has been running an online campaign since February to promote coal as the answer to development challenges in poor countries. The campaign, branded "Advanced Energy for Life," argues that lack of access to energy is "the world's number one human and environmental crisis." One of the most prominent faces of the campaign is a man named Rugigana "RK" Kavamahanga. The campaign's website bills him as a former Mali school teacher and Peace Corps volunteer who "shares a candid view on solving energy poverty as Africa continues its struggle to switch on." In the video, Kavamahanga, identified as an "energy finance consultant," discusses the continent's need for coal-fired electricity while promoting the model of South Africa, the world's ...
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How Environmental Disaster Is Making Boko Haram Violence Worse 10.6.2014 Mother Jones
Blessing sits on the floor, knees into chest, in an empty room in Bukakotto village in eastern Nigeria. She's "40 something," but looks 25, and her face is scarred with tribal markings razor cut into her face as a baby. Just the day before, her sister was murdered. She went to her farm to look for firewood, Blessing says through a translator, and she was knifed to death by nomadic cattle herders with machetes. "They hacked her all over." A pink and white scarf hangs off Blessing’s head, and she arranges and rearranges it as she speaks, looking straight ahead into nothing. "We picked up her corpse and buried it yesterday." Blessing's sister is another casualty in Nigeria's long-running battle between mostly Christian farmers and mostly Muslim cattle herders over access to land. This increasingly violent clash is playing out alongside the Boko Haram terror campaign that has captivated the world since the group kidnapped more than 300 schoolgirls in April. On the surface, the two conflicts—which have both ...
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Peru mining boom leaves highlanders behind 7.6.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
SAN ANTONIO DE JUPROG, Peru (AP) — The Marzano-Velasquez clan lived a simple, pastoral life on a mountain that turned out to hold the world's largest known copper-and-zinc ...
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Peru mining boom leaves highlanders behind 7.6.2014 AP Top News
SAN ANTONIO DE JUPROG, Peru (AP) -- The Marzano-Velasquez clan lived a simple, pastoral life on a mountain that happened to sit atop the world's largest known copper-and-zinc deposit....
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