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Al Gore and David Blood: The Coming Carbon Asset Bubble | Wall Street Journal

Al Gore and David Blood: The Coming Carbon Asset Bubble | Wall Street Journal | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

After the credit crisis and Great Recession, it seemed ridiculous to have thought that investing in subprime mortgages was a good idea. As with most market "bubbles," the risk of giving 7.5 million mortgages to people who couldn't possibly pay them off was somehow invisible to many investors at the time.

 

One reason such bubbles form is the tendency by many investors to confuse "risk" with "uncertainty." As the economist Frank Knight established, there is a subtle but crucial distinction between the two: Uncertainty is what good investors usually fear the most, because it cannot be measured or priced as risk can be. But when investors mislabel risk as uncertainty, they become vulnerable to the assumption that since it cannot be measured, they might as well ignore it.

 

That is exactly what is happening with the subprime carbon asset bubble: It is still growing because most market participants are mistakenly treating carbon risk as an uncertainty, and are thus failing to incorporate it in investment analyses. By overlooking a known material-risk factor, investors are exposing their portfolios to an externality that should be integrated into the capital allocation process.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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" By overlooking a known material-risk factor, investors are exposing their portfolios to an externality that should be integrated into the capital allocation process."

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Fossil fuels divestment campaign is gathering momentum - The Guardian

Fossil fuels divestment campaign is gathering momentum - The Guardian | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Fossil fuels divestment campaign is gathering momentum
The Guardian
The Fossil Free Europe tour is a divestment road show with stops in Berlin, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images.
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There will be more of this as those with money realize improvements in alternative energy sources.

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Farmers To Face Fines Or Prison Sentences For Selling Food Directly To Customers | The Daily Sheeple

Farmers To Face Fines Or Prison Sentences For Selling Food Directly To Customers | The Daily Sheeple | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
For the USDA and its sister food regulator, the FDA, there’s a problem: many of the farmers are distributing the food via private contracts like herd shares and leasing arrangements, which fall outside the regulatory system of state and local...
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Freedom?

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Hippies Must Have Tampered With These Numbers, Right?

Hippies Must Have Tampered With These Numbers, Right? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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Worth noting...I am also beginning to wonder if the Hippies didn't get it right on a lot of things.

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Help Wanted in Fukushima: Low Pay, High Risks and Gangsters

Help Wanted in Fukushima: Low Pay, High Risks and Gangsters | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Tetsuya Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two weeks.' Antoni Slodkowsi and Mari Saito, Reuters
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Very interesting story with untold truths about Fukusnima.

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4 Health Benefits of Beets

4 Health Benefits of Beets | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
From boosting energy levels for athletic performance to preventing cancer, the health benefits of beets range far and wide. Here are 4 benefits of beets.
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Here is Healthy Veggie info about beets.

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World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy

World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution. This not only improves the quality of living spaces, but gives way to dramatic energy savings year round.

Each apartment in the building will have a balcony planted with trees that are able to respond to the city’s weather — shade will be provided within the summer, while also filtering city pollution; and in the winter the bare trees will allow sunlight to permeate through the spaces. Plant irrigation will be supported through the filtering and reuse of the greywater produced by the building. Additionally, Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will further promote the tower’s self-sufficiency.

The design of the Bosco Verticale is a response to both urban sprawl and the disappearance of nature from our lives and on the landscape. The architect notes that if the units were to be constructed unstacked as stand-alone units across a single surface, the project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland. Bosco Verticale is the first offer in his proposed BioMilano, which envisions a green belt created around the city to incorporate 60 abandoned farms on the outskirts of the city to be revitalized for community use.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Jim Lerman
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How cool is this?

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Sieg Holle's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:43 PM

excellent use of space   for  new vitality -renewal

Eco Installer's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:42 AM

A perfect way to live in a forest! 

Chris Vilcsak's curator insight, March 30, 2014 2:49 AM

Now THAT's a green building...

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Barley Grass Has Highest Levels of Important Cancer-Killing Enzyme

Barley Grass Has Highest Levels of Important Cancer-Killing Enzyme | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The health benefits of barley grass are amazing. The food contains extremely potent cancer-killing enzymes and health-boosting nutrients.
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I had not heard this before and it seems worth passing on to those that come to this link.

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Without plants, Earth would cook under billions...

Without plants, Earth would cook under billions... | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Researchers found that Earth's terrestrial ecosystems have absorbed 186 billion to 192 billion tons of carbon since the mid-20th century, which has significantly contained the global temperature and levels of carbon in the atmosphere.
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Interesting assessment of how our living planet protects us.

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Living lab tests urban food farming

Living lab tests urban food farming | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
An innovative "living lab" has been set up in a former warehouse to research the best ways for people in urban areas to feed themselves in the future.
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Here are some ideas for urban fresh food farming that are being tested.

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Study Reveals Dangerous Levels of Radioactivity Near Fracking Waste Sites

Study Reveals Dangerous Levels of Radioactivity Near Fracking Waste Sites | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Greg Palast: Signs of radioactivity should be no surprise since Halliburton spent $25
Million to be excluded from Clean Water Act regulating fracking
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Here are some studies we might want to take a look at since they plan to run the toxic waste from fracking and tar sands crisscross over the country. 

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Bluegrass Pipeline? No Fracking Way!

Bluegrass Pipeline? No Fracking Way! | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
It seems as though Kentucky is under a new assult from the fossil fuel industry, this time in the form of a proposed natural gas pipeline.
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Everyone has heard of the Keystone Pipeline....But there are others that are just as risky happening across the country and barely making national news or notice. Here is one worth watching. This one will run from the Northeast all the way to the Gulf where the toxic material will then be sent to China.

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Should the 'Nobel Prize for Food' Go to GMO Geniuses? - DailyFinance

Should the 'Nobel Prize for Food' Go to GMO Geniuses? - DailyFinance | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Should the 'Nobel Prize for Food' Go to GMO Geniuses?
DailyFinance
World Food Prize (This combination of undated photos provided by The World Food Prize Foundation AP, The World Food Prize FoundationFrom left: Robert T.
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In a word ... NO!

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Scientists Baffled by Melting Starfish. Common Sense Screams: Nuclear Meltdown

Scientists Baffled by Melting Starfish. Common Sense Screams: Nuclear Meltdown | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
500 people assembled on October 19th on Ocean Beach in San Francisco and formed the letters with their bodies to demonstrate their growing concern about eventual fallout on the west coast.
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The Nuclear Meltdown has left the papers in the USA for the most part even though it is a current event that is actively still leaking into the ocean.

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Prince Charles tells financial institutions to take more care of the environment - Telegraph.co.uk

Prince Charles tells financial institutions to take more care of the environment - Telegraph.co.uk | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Prince Charles tells financial institutions to take more care of the environment Telegraph.co.uk Financial institutions must take a more responsible approach to the environment as it is "not a limitless resource which can be...
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Prince Charles is using his influence to bring attention to environmental issues and environmental action.

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Carbon Cutoff Point ‘Is 27 Years Away’

Carbon Cutoff Point ‘Is 27 Years Away’ | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network
It is technically possible to end greenhouse gas emissions within 40 years, a report says.
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This could be good news....if we get the message and act on it.

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As luck would have it

As luck would have it | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Protect and survive BAD though it has been, the AIDS epidemic would have been a great deal worse but for a strange and unexplained quirk. Infected mothers, it was...
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Very interest article with good news really.

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New Ways to Tap Solar Could Yield Better Alpha Than Natural Gas - Motley Fool

New Ways to Tap Solar Could Yield Better Alpha Than Natural Gas Motley Fool Tapping new ideas to store energy or even boost oil and gas production while keeping carbon output lower could make companies like Glasspoint, which is funded by Royal...
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I wonder if the extreme push for fracking and tar sands oil isn't a direct result to the idea that solar and other powers are coming just around the  corner and the "dirty" fuel companies might just be harvesting before the rain of new power technology stops the need for so much fossil fuel energy. I think there should be a clause for full restoration in the event of uncared for pipes, ponds and surfaces and that cost should not fall to tax payers and local residents who's land was used or in some cases taken.

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Fave dei Morti, tradition of the Day of the Dead

Fave dei Morti, tradition of the Day of the Dead | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Fave dei morti or Beans of the dead are sort of almond cookies, shaped like beans, flavored ground almonds, cinnamon and lemon juice.

Ingredients For 5 persons:

75 grams (about 2 1/2 ounces) almonds 60 grams (about 2 ounces) sugar or glucose 50 grams (about 1 2/3 ounces) of flour 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon 30 grams (about 1 ounce) of butter a vial of lemon juice 1 egg 20 grams (about 2/3 of an ounce) of Italian baking powder for sweets (e.g. Paneangeli) 5 grams (about 1/5 of an ounce) vanillaEgg wash Egg white, beatenIngredienti (Original Italian text) Per 5 persone: 75g di mandorle 60g di zucchero o di glucosio 50g di farina 1/2 cucchiaio di cannella 30g di burro una fialetta (al limone) 1 uovo 1 chiara d'uovo 20 g di lievito baching 5 g vaniglia

 

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Via Mariano Pallottini
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Fun food for the season!

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:56 PM

Bones of the dead or Beans of the dead, even today in some countries of Italy, on the night between 1 and 2 November, people respect the tradition leaving these cakes on dinner tables, sure to be visited by their dead. 

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Will Fracking Suck California Dry?

Will Fracking Suck California Dry? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

New technologies have expanded oil production, but they're adding another thirsty mouth to the state's tight water market.

 

In California, every drop of water counts, and every drop is contested.


Via SustainOurEarth
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Here is something to think about. There is also a plan to run a bluegrass pipe line acrossKentuckyand other states that wants to travel through pristine spring and creek areas. It will carry toxic liquid gas from the northeast to the gulf. This is not as talked about as the pipeline but is a major concern for many of the same reasons. This fracking trend is new but it appears it is very wide spread..... All these pipes will age at the same time and need replacing.

Keystone

What is the rush unless dirty fuel companies realize cleaner more desirable energy may be right around the corner? If that is so their incentive to keep up old pipes and waste storage will be lacking but those pipes may continue to carry dirty fossil fuels.

 

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Study Finds Hot Cocoa to Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Keep Brain Healthy

Study Finds Hot Cocoa to Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Keep Brain Healthy | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Researchers suggest having two cups of hot cocoa each day could help prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Warm your Cocoa and have a nice morning!

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Global Frackdown: World prepares for protest against shale gas production

Global Frackdown: World prepares for protest against shale gas production | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Thousands of people worldwide are expected to join the Global Frackdown protest on October 19. ‘Fracktivists’ from over 20 countries will gather to demand an end to fracking and “dangerous” shale gas drillings.
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Happening today!

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10 Ways To Live To Be 100

10 Ways To Live To Be 100 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Stamatis Moraitis was living in the United States, when he was diagnosed with lung cancer and told he had only nine months to live.

Via The BioSync Team
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Ten tips on how to stay in this race for the long term and feel better doing that.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, May 31, 2013 3:34 PM

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. 
Doug Larson


Related Links: 


Read More:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9735/10-ways-to-live-to-be-100.html

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Activists to fight Ohio's wastewater rule allowing storage pits - Drilling - Ohio

Activists to fight Ohio's wastewater rule allowing storage pits - Drilling - Ohio | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Blogs on Ohio.com for the Akron Beacon Journal

Via Sylvain Rotillon
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Waste water pits might work.....that is if you live in a land that never floods on the moon or some such place or one is a creature that thrives in waste water..

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This Isn't Your Granny Smith's Harvesting Technology - NPR (blog)

This Isn't Your Granny Smith's Harvesting Technology - NPR (blog) | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
This Isn't Your Granny Smith's Harvesting Technology
NPR (blog)
With this modern technology, farmers are expanding production and getting Galas and Ginger Golds from Michigan orchards to grocery stores faster and more cheaply.
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What the story behind that apple you may have carried to work or school today? Here is some insight as to the production of apples.

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