One of this generation’s greatest tragedies – and oncoming catastrophes – is the failure to stem the accelerating rate of biodiversity loss. Biodiversity underpins the ecosystem goods and services on which humanity depends, and its loss represents a betrayal for the world’s poor as progress towards development is undermined.
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Increased use of mobile money in Kenya has created a ripe environment for the use of near field communication (NFC) technology and other forms of mobile wallets which could be more widely accepted as payment systems compared to traditional ones such as credit cards.
Adoption of the alternative payment systems could not only further slow the growth of the use of credit cards but could also see the creation of a new market for NFC-enabled devices including point of sale terminals and mobile phones in the country.
Learn about the water consumed to make everyday products.
In order to grow the corn for your tortilla and the cotton for your T-shirt, farmers rely on freshwater from the world's river basins. Whether crops get watered by rain only or by irrigation as well, much of the water gets "consumed" through evaporation or transpiration, and so is no longer locally available. Click to learn more about the water embedded in everyday items, and calculate your own water footprint.
Wind and solar companies say they need more government support to be competitive. But in Washington, there’s little enthusiasm for more subsidies. It is clear that the trillion dollar oil industry in firmly in control unless they can see a way to own and make huge profits from renewables...that's just the problem..."renewables" are not profit-oriented...time for a new model and paradigm for economics and corporations I would think
Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a "Real Food" evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a "typical" breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring Robyn O'Brien @unhealthytruth
Scaling sustainability is vital for global prosperity and consumers need to be on board to make it happen, says Peter Lacy from Davos... @guardiansusbiz
To address the issue of scale and sustainable consumption, the fundamental dynamics of supply, demand and rules of the game will need to be shifted to support a world in which we are able to drive growth but with less impact on the natural environment.
The World Economic Forum in Davos is not just a get-together of leading politicians and managers. Organizations like Amnesty International are also piping up - occasionally with scathing criticism.
"Davos can not afford to be a complacent club for the rich and powerful of this world," says Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. He couples this statement with a call for a demonstration in Davos. The motto: "Companies must be kept on a tight leash." Nongovernmental organizations (NGO) have adopted a stern approach at this year's forum in the Swiss Alps, effectively forcing their topics onto the agenda. "The governments must take responsibility. We need stricter regulation of large corporations," says Shetty.
Qatar Automotive Gateway (Qatar Ag), has entered into a deal with Prodrive, one of the world’s leading automotive technology and motorsport businesses, to build and develop a cutting-edge automotive industry value chain in the country.
On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.
For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth.
Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.