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The Food Waste Fiasco: You Have to See It to Believe it 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You may have already heard a few appalling facts about food waste but just in case you haven't, here are a few tidbits of information to catch you up on the issue. -We throw away 165 billion dollars worth of food per year in America. That's more than the budgets for America's national parks, public libraries, federal prisons, veteran's health care, the FBI, and the FDA combined. -About 50 million of our 317 million Americans are food insecure yet we produce enough food to feed over 500 million Americans. -To create just the amount of food that ends up in the landfills we waste enough water to meet the domestic water needs of every American citizen. Even with these mind-blowing statistics you probably still need to see it to believe it. That is where I come in. This weekend I arrived in New York City from my second bike ride across America living on food from grocery store dumpsters. On my first ride dumpster diving across America , about 70% of my diet came from dumpsters, totaling up to about 280 ...
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World Tourism Day: An opportunity to reflect on tourism and community development 27.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our sustainable tourism class this week celebrated World Tourism Day with listening to World Tourism day messages, and a good discussion on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, Sustainable Tourism Class Following the reading of the message from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon , and the video message from Taleb Rifial, Secretary General of the U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). We then enjoyed some fair trade coffee and special tourism cake as we discussed the principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and its relationship to community development and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Tourism Cake To Celebrate World Tourism Day The discussion resulted in three important conclusions by the class. The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is necessary for good and responsible community development to take place in the tourism industry. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) certification process could be an opportunity for community ...
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8 Inspiring Videos Of The People's Climate March 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the days following the People's Climate March , videos from all aspects of the event have been posted online. According to organizers, more than 400,000 people joined the march last Sunday , making it by far the largest climate march in history. Videos show just how far people came from, why they marched, what climate solutions they were excited about and the huge size of the march. Here are a few of our favorites. This recap was posted by march organizers, highlighting the attention the event received and encouraging participants to keep the momentum going. Executives and employees from Ikea, Unilever and NRG joined the march along with others who believe businesses can help provide solutions to climate change. This video was made by students from Bard College's MBA in Sustainability program, who speak with march attendees about why they came and what their favorite solutions to climate change are. Indigenous communities turned out in force for the march as well, leading the pack as communities on ...
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Abundant Natural Gas Won't Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Enough, Study Says 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Natural gas may not be a "bridge fuel" to a clean energy future, according to a new study by researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University and the energy nonprofit Near Zero. Their modeling found that having a high supply of natural gas does little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the future, largely because the use of gas slowed the transition to renewables. The study, published on Sept. 24 in the journal Environmental Research Letters , modeled the impacts of high and low supplies of natural gas on overall emissions from the energy sector. Researchers studied the impacts of abundant natural gas over a range of potential future climate policies, including no limit on carbon emissions, a moderate carbon tax, a strict carbon cap and a federal requirement that 50 percent of energy come from renewable sources by 2050. They found that though increased availability of gas led to less use of coal, it also slowed the adoption of renewable technologies under all scenarios but the requirement to use ...
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How Sustainable Tourism Is Becoming A New "Mega-Goal" At The 65th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference 23.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The United Nations Department of Public Information recently held a conference entitled "Beyond 2015 : An Action Agenda by Non-governmental organizations" at U.N. Headquarters in New York. One of the key purposes of the conference was to provide input for the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) that will succeed the 15-year framework of UN Millennium Development Goals, set to expire in 2015. The conference resulted in an Outcome Document composed of a Declaration and a Resource Document - the 2 parts may be read independently or as a unit - on the 17 proposed SDGs that have been suggested by an intergovernmental working group that worked for the last 18 months and that included inputs from people all over the world. The Outcome Document provides specific goals and objectives, all of which can be related to sustainable tourism. Three highlights related to sustainable tourism include: Tourism and the teaching of sustainable tourism in universities were ...
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Flood Wall Street Protesters Assemble In New York (PHOTOS) 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A day after the People's Climate March filled the streets of New York, a smaller group of protesters are engaging in non-violent, direct action against climate change. By conducting a sit-in on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange and blocking lower Broadway, organizers say they are confronting "the system that both causes and profits from the crisis that is threatening humanity." The protest does not have a permit , and some participants have pledged to risk arrest during the sit-in. Pictures from the group's assembly at Battery Park, the march to Wall Street and a blockade of Broadway are already appearing on social media. Follow #FloodWallStreet on Twitter and Instagram for more live updates. #FloodWallStreet crowd builds at the Battery pic.twitter.com/hs4bObDkZ3 — Alex Silverman (@AlexSilverman) September 22, 2014 And now our direct action trainers, Monica and Lisa. #FloodWallStreet ...
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People's Climate March Preparation In Full Swing 20.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
5. The Climate Train is making its way across the country We're headed to NY aboard the #climatetrain ...and planning for the great clean energy transition! #climateleadership pic.twitter.com/fB6vSlMy05 — Climate Solutions (@climatesolution) September 17, 2014 Savoring the views on the #ClimateTrain tonight. Next stop: Elko, NV! — NARP (@narprail) September 16, 2014 6. And this group from Maine is biking all the way to New York Hats off to our friends from Maine on their way to @Peoples_Climate March by bike! http://t.co/FMiVexohdI @350Maine pic.twitter.com/5dAZ4pqSNY — 350 dot org (@350) September 18, 2014 7. Artists are getting together in a giant warehouse to create signs and and banners for the march Beautiful banner being painted at the #PeoplesClimate March art space (by Crystal Bruno, for @seachange2014 ) pic.twitter.com/hkMNKKFiCY — Energy Action (@energyaction) September 12, 2014 Something beautiful is coming to the streets of New York this Sunday. #PeoplesClimate : pic.twitter.com/dHIraZujG2 — ...
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Garbage reduction is in the hands of consumers, and here's where to start 18.9.2014 TreeHugger
The U.S. sends 69% of its trash to landfills, which is appalling compared to Sweden's 1% landfill rate. It's time we started doing something about it.
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People's Climate March Kicks Off With Live Event 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate activists from around the world are coming together to take part in the People's Climate March in New York City this Sunday, Sept. 21. To kick off the weekend's activities, organizers are hosting top climate ambassadors for an opening night event at ABC Carpet and Home . The event is invitation-only but you can click on the video above a little after 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 19 for a live-stream. This special event features activists Bill McKibben, Michael Brune, Vandana Shiva, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Elizabeth Yeampierre. The event will also include musical performances from Donovan and Antonique Smith. The People's Climate March will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Circle in Manhattan and end on 11th Avenue between 34th Street and 38th Street. Hailed as the largest climate march in history by organizers, over a thousand groups have signed up to participate, including schools, unions, environmental organizations, faith groups, businesses and more. The march is timed to coincide with the ...
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U.S. To Train Veterans To Install Solar Panels, White House Announces 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases. The Agriculture Department will also spend nearly $70 million to fund 540 solar and renewable energy projects, focused on rural and farming areas. And the Energy Department will propose stricter efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners, a move the department said could cut emissions more than any other efficiency standard it has issued to date. The proposals are modest compared with what Obama has asked Congress to do through legislation to promote clean energy, invest in infrastructure projects and force reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. But with ...
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New Hydrogen Production Method Could Help Store Renewable Energy 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scientists at Scotland's University of Glasgow say they've found a new way to produce hydrogen from clean, renewable energy sources. In a paper published in September in the journal Science, the researchers explain how they've created a system that can produce hydrogen 30 times quicker than ever before, and using power from green energy like wind and solar. Hydrogen is a clean fuel, producing only water when consumed . It has minimal environmental impacts if burned to produce electricity, and companies are already making hydrogen-powered cars that don't produce harmful emissions. But, hydrogen is not usually produced using carbon-free sources, meaning it is not inherently a climate neutral energy source . As Lee Cronin, who led the research team, pointed out in a university news release, “Around 95% of the world’s hydrogen supply is currently obtained from fossil fuels , a finite resource which we know harms the environment and speeds climate change.” Hydrogen also has the potential to store renewable ...
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Offering Hope Through Soap 17.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Think about the last time you stayed overnight in a hotel room. Chances are, you got up the next morning, took a shower, got dressed and checked out of the hotel to attend meetings, visit friends or just see the town. Did you ever wonder what happens to the once-used and quickly forgotten bar of soap you left in your shower? Soon after you checked out, all the room's toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. -- at least the ones that didn't somehow magically end up in your suitcase) were gathered up by the hotel's cleaning / maintenance staff and promptly thrown away. In Nevada, we know something about the hospitality industry. Las Vegas is home to almost 125,000 hotel rooms -- each with their own carefully packaged set of toiletries. That's almost 7.5 million bars of soap filling up Las Vegas dumpsters each year. And add that to nearly a half billion discarded bars of soap in landfills throughout the rest of the country. Turns out, all that wasted soap not only has an impact on trash collectors, ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: It May Take a Disaster for the US to Switch to Green Energy, and More 16.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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5 Creative Ways to Inspire Children to Become Eco-Friendly 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Children are savvy. They know that riding their bike is better for the environment than driving a car. They can easily identify a recycle bin. And they know litter often winds up in the ocean. How do we turn this knowledge into meaningful actions that will make lasting changes? We help guide them to make eco-friendly choices in their daily lives. If we educate children about the effects of our actions and give them practical tasks they can begin to create a healthier environment. Here are some unique and hopefully fun activities that will inspire your children to take green to a new meaning. 1. Visit a landfill. Learn about where trash goes and see it (and smell it) in person. As a child my family did not have garbage collection and had to take our trash to the "dumps." I can still recall the sour, sulfur smell of rotting food and the swarms of flying gnats. If you can't visit a landfill, collect your garbage for a week and lay it out for children to see how much is thrown away. 2. Appoint a green ...
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Heat Wave Causes Power Demand To Soar In California 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A heat wave sent Californians to their air conditioners Friday and drove power demand to its highest peak of the year as the southern region sweltered under 100-degree temperatures. Statewide electrical demand peaked Monday afternoon at 45,090 megawatts, beating a record for the year that was set on July 30, said Steven Greenlee, spokesman for the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state's power grid. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power saw demand peak at 6,196 megawatts, surpassing a record set about four years ago, spokeswoman Michelle Vargas said. The Los Angeles Unified School District canceled outside high school sporting events through Tuesday, and the San Diego Unified School District set minimum-day schedules for schools that didn't have air conditioning in all classrooms. Woodland Hills in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley hit a high of 107, breaking a 1989 record for the date of 106, the National Weather Service reported. Riverside's 108 tied a ...
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Coca-Cola, Nestle, Tesco launch campaigns to up recycling rates 16.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The campaigns involve a combination of online tips, incentives, public pledges and games.

Coca-Cola, Nestle, Tesco launch campaigns to up recycling rates
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Environmental Management Systems: A Valuable Tool for Sustainable Tourism 13.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A few weeks ago Dave was at the United Nations providing leadership for a workshop on sustainable tourism, as part of the UN DPI / NGO Conference . In addition Dave, representing the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and the WHALE Center worked with colleagues Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council , Kelly Bricker, President of The International Ecotourism Society , and Richard Jordan, from the Royal Academy of Sciences International Trust , to propose language on sustainable tourism that was subsequently adopted as part of the Conference Declaration. One part of the new sustainable tourism language states: " Goal 15 -- Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. "Ensure that all aspects of tourism meets criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and include options for the private sector to self-impose carbon taxes ...
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NYC Climate March Planned Ahead Of UN Summit 11.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Labor unions and environmental groups said Wednesday they expect a huge turnout for a New York City march to draw attention to climate change taking place two days before a United Nations summit on the issue. Organizers of the New York event, called the People's Climate March, said similar actions will take place Sept. 21 in other cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Lagos, Nigeria. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state to a Sept. 23 climate change summit in New York. President Barack Obama is expected to attend. City Councilman Donovan Richards said at a rally to publicize the march that he expects many people from around the country "will descend on New York City streets to let our leaders know that we can no longer turn a blind eye to this crisis." Richards was joined by dozens of trade unionists and members of environmental groups, like the League of Conservation Voters, on the steps of City Hall. He also said he hopes to never see another Superstorm Sandy, ...
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House Of Representatives Gives D.C. The Big Foam Finger 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the House of Representatives was back in session for the first time since its August recess. Its Longworth cafeteria offered hungry representatives and aides a wide variety of fare for its return to business -- Indian food in the global section, pizza, salad and the special for the week, "world tacos." But, as has been the case for the past three years, there weren't many options when it came to packaging: It was all Styrofoam, Styrofoam, Styrofoam. Polystyrene -- which most people refer to as Styrofoam, though that's technically the brand name for Dow's version of the foam packaging -- is getting the boot in the District of Columbia. In July, District mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill into law that will phase out the use of polystyrene products at restaurants and food trucks by January 2016. But the House of Representatives is still clinging to its foam packaging so far. House cafeterias serve 240,000 meals each month, most of it via polystyrene plates, clamshell carry-out ...
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Google Invests In California Solar Power Plant Built On Old Oil Field 10.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County. "There's something a little poetic about creating a renewable resource on land that once creaked with oil wells," Google said in a blog post Wednesday. The plant will be fitted with nearly 250,000 SunEdison solar panels and generate enough energy to power 10,000 homes. Google said the project will bring 650 jobs to the area. SunEdison Inc. expects the plant to be operational later this year and supply power to utility company Southern California Edison. The plant is owned by TerraForm Power Inc., a subsidiary of SunEdison, based in Beltsville, Maryland. It is the 17th renewable energy project Google has invested in. It has committed to investing more than $1.5 billion in projects around the country, the Mountain View, California-based company said. Shares of SunEdison, ...
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