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Carbon benefits of homeworking under the spotlight

Carbon benefits of homeworking under the spotlight | Green overdone | Scoop.it
The carbon costs of heating a home office are offset only if they replace a car journey of at least four miles or a train journey of 16 miles, a report suggests, writes Tim Smedley
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Oslo runs out of garbage, imports it from rest of the world

Oslo runs out of garbage, imports it from rest of the world | Green overdone | Scoop.it

Oslo, the capital of Norway, has a strange garbage problem. Too much? No, not enough. At first it might seem like any garbage is too much garbage, but Oslo (like many other cities in Scandinavia and Northern Europe) has built cogeneration plants that produce heat and electricity from garbage -- enough to heat about half of the city. But the locals don't produce enough garbage, partly because of their high recycling rate, so they have to import millions of tonnes of it from places like England and Sweden. They're even considering importing American garbage.


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Research questions need to streamline environment assessment

Research questions need to streamline environment assessment | Green overdone | Scoop.it

PhD student at the University of Toronto is questioning the logic behind the federal government’s move to streamline environmental assessments.

After tracking thousands of assessments over a decade, the peer-reviewed research by Derrick de Kerckhove concludes the great majority of the reviews were completed within months.

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GDP doesn’t accurately reflect the true impact — positive and negative — that mining has on our collective wellbeing

GDP doesn’t accurately reflect the true impact — positive and negative — that mining has on our collective wellbeing | Green overdone | Scoop.it

he relatively new Clean Mining Alliance was founded to promote and share information about new clean technologies that can help mining companies operate more efficiently, make less of a mess, and more effectively clean up the messes they do make.
“Notoriously conservative mining companies and their shareholders are starting to realize that the capital expenses of new clean technologies can be offset by reduced operating costs and the potential for new revenues,” according to Dallas Kachan, managing partner of Kachan & Co. and executive director of the alliance.

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A good story about the decoupling of GDP and wellbeing.

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Many “Green” policies trample on people, environment, science

Many “Green” policies trample on people, environment, science | Green overdone | Scoop.it

Policy integrity. Ethical culture. Environmental protection. Environmental defense. Friends of earth. Defenders of wildlife. Ethical investing. Not just their names, but their charter, culture and policies – their very being – represent a commitment to these profound values. Or so we are supposed to believe.

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Urbanization can be good for the environment

Urbanization can be good for the environment | Green overdone | Scoop.it
Urbanization degrades the environment, according to conventional wisdom. This view has led many developing countries to limit rural—urban migration and curb urban expansion. But this view is incorrect. There are a number of reasons urbanization can be good for the environment, if managed properly.
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One probably can find an equal amount of stories that urbanization is not good for the environment.

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Study: Fresh Christmas Trees Better For Environment « CBS Philly

Study: Fresh Christmas Trees Better For Environment « CBS Philly | Green overdone | Scoop.it
A 4-year- research project indicates getting a fresh tree for Christmas may be better for the environment.
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An Integrated Perspective: the 2013 Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report

An Integrated Perspective: the 2013 Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report | Green overdone | Scoop.it
The new Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report ranks energy systems of 105 countries from an integrated economic, environmental and energy security perspective.

The findings reveal that high-income countries have proven best at managing the transition to a new energy architecture. Norway ranks in first place in the index, where a strong energy policy coupled with multiple energy resources has delivered cheap, plentiful and relatively clean power and generated large national revenues.
However, the index also finds that high-income and rapidly growing countries alike often underperform across a wide range of environmental sustainability metrics. With demand for energy rapidly increasing at the same time as some nations are reconsidering costly renewable obligations and CO2 targets, the report calls for affirmative action to address this.
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Lauren Moss's curator insight, December 11, 2012 1:53 PM

For a visual representation of the statistics, visit the link at the article for the report's interactive map, ranking countries on a numerical scale on the following categories:

  • overall performance
  • economic growth and development
  • environmental sustainability
  • energy access and security
Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 11, 2012 8:39 PM

The scale and complexity of the global energy industry demands a country-by-country approach to managing change,” said Arthur Hanna, Managing Director, Energy Industry, Accenture, and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Energy Architecture. “The Energy Architecture Performance Index helps nations take stock of their energy architecture challenges and identify specific focus areas coupled with best-in-class examples to use when managing their transition.

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The Environmental Fallout of Greener Buildings

The Environmental Fallout of Greener Buildings | Green overdone | Scoop.it
Newer homes are remarkably energy tight thanks to superior insulating materials that are in wide circulation today. The energy savings can be substantial – homeowners can use up to 60% less energy in the most efficient green homes. Now, a study published by a team of researchers in Building Research & Information makes it clear that the very materials that provide us with such energy efficiency are pumped full of harmful flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals, HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane) and TCPP (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate, are related to banned and phased-out substances like DDT, pentaBDE, and Tris. They are environmentally persistent, bioaccumulative, and are being manufactured at a frenetic pace without thought to how they might impact our environment and ultimately, our health.
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Green Materials Harmful To Environment

Green Materials Harmful To Environment | Green overdone | Scoop.it
Newer homes are remarkably energy tight thanks to superior insulating materials that are in wide circulation today.
The energy savings can be substantial – homeowners can use up to 60% less energy in the most efficient green homes.
Now, a study published by a team of researchers in Building Research & Information makes it clear that the very materials that provide us with such energy efficiency are pumped full of harmful flame retardant chemicals
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From Kermit to Coal, Book Reveals How World's Top Brands Greenwash The Public

From Kermit to Coal, Book Reveals How World's Top Brands Greenwash The Public | Green overdone | Scoop.it

Claims of climate-friendliness made by some of the world's biggest brands. Check the small print, and the responsible green hue soon fades to something resembling bullsh*t-brown (or whatever color denotes hypocrisy). At least that's the conclusion after reading Australian author and researcher Guy Pearse's latest book.

Pearse spent close to four years immersing himself in some 3000 TV commercials and viewing about 4000 print and web adverts, all of which make claims of climate friendliness.

After checking the brand's actual contribution to climate change (or their lack of transparency) in more than 700 company reports, Pearse finds in Greenwash: Big Brands and Carbon Scams that the green revolution is being either grossly overblown or faked.

Some 24 industry sectors, a host of "eco-celebs" and most of the world's top brands are covered in the book and very few emerge unscathed....  Desmogblog http://www.desmogblog.com/2012/10/04/kermit-coal-book-reveals-how-world-s-top-brands-greenwash-public


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Can “Social Risk Assessment” protect China's environment?

Can “Social Risk Assessment” protect China's environment? | Green overdone | Scoop.it
BEIJING — The cabinet of China has ordered that all major industrial projects must pass a “social risk assessment” before they begin, a move aimed at curtailing the large and increasingly violent environmental protests of the last year, which forced the suspension or cancellation of chemical plants, coal-fired power plants and a giant copper smelter.
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Microfinance Needs Better Policies to Safeguard the Environment

Microfinance Needs Better Policies to Safeguard the Environment | Green overdone | Scoop.it
Many see microfinance as a solution to poverty. It may be a powerful tool, but what can it do to finally build the sustainable economy we desperately need? Of what use will microfinance be if it contributes to the environmental ...
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Save the environment by mining asteroids?

Save the environment by mining asteroids? | Green overdone | Scoop.it

There's a huge environmental cost to mining on Earth. But there are lots of strategic materials and metals that we can get in space and that will be necessary for us if we want to create abundance and prosperity generations from now on Earth. We sort of had a freebie over the past couple hundred years—we figured out that you can burn coal and fossil fuels and give all the economies of the world a big boost. But that's about to end. Not only do we have to transition to a new form of energy, we also have to transition to a new form of resources. And the resources of the nearest asteroids make the resources on Earth pale by comparison. There are enough resources in the nearest asteroids to support human society and civilization for thousands of years.

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Must Read: Cycling is bad for the environment

Must Read: Cycling is bad for the environment | Green overdone | Scoop.it
A state representative in Washington claims that bikes are bad for the environment.
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Environment Protection Authority finds windfarms do not produce harmful noise

Environment Protection Authority finds windfarms do not produce harmful noise | Green overdone | Scoop.it
Low level noise produced by wind turbines has an insignificant impact on neighbouring properties and is no greater than from other sources, a report from ...
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Energy Conservation for Your Spa and Hot Tub

Energy Conservation for Your Spa and Hot Tub | Green overdone | Scoop.it
With the cooler temps outside right now, nothing feels much better than a nice, warm hot tub! Folks ask us – how can I both enjoy my spa and feel happy with my bill once it comes time to pay to heat and maintain my spa?
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Give the gift of a healthy environment - David Suzuki Foundation

Give the gift of a healthy environment - David Suzuki Foundation | Green overdone | Scoop.it
I don't need any more stuff. You probably don't either. So give the most thoughtful gift this holiday season by not giving anything (store-bought) at all! What could you possibly...
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How to Have a Green Holiday Without Environment Blues

How to Have a Green Holiday Without Environment Blues | Green overdone | Scoop.it
How to Have a Green Holiday Without Environment Blues. 2012 December 14. By Kelsey Sollner. 'Tis better to give than to receive, but that doesn't mean you should make the environment pay the price. Here are some tips I'll be doing this ...
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2012 GREENWASH AWARD: Monsanto's claim that it's a "sustainable agriculture company" doesn't hold water.

2012 GREENWASH AWARD: Monsanto's claim that it's a "sustainable agriculture company" doesn't hold water. | Green overdone | Scoop.it
Monsanto's claim that it's a "sustainable agriculture company" doesn't hold water.

Dec. 8, 2012 - Al Jazeera

The website of US-based biotech giant Monsanto boasts that the corporation qualifies as "a sustainable agriculture company".

Given Monsanto's legacy as a producer of the lethal defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, Southeast Asian agriculture would presumably beg to differ with this characterisation.

Sustainability is also not the first word that comes to mind when contemplating Monsanto's policy of sowing the earth with genetically modified seeds that destroy soil and are designed with nonrenewable traits so as to require constant repurchase as well as acquisition of a variety of other company products like fertilizers and pesticides.

Nor would the term appear to define a situation in which nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995 after being driven into insurmountable debt by neoliberal economics and the conquest of Indian farmland by Monsanto's Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton....


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Are we trading away our rights and environment?

Are we trading away our rights and environment? | Green overdone | Scoop.it
Treaties, agreements and organizations to help settle disputes may be necessary, but they often favour the interests of business over citizens. With Canada set to sign a 31-year trade deal with China, a repressive and undemocratic country with state-owned corporations, we need to be cautious.

Should we sign agreements if they subject our workers to unfair competition from lower-paid employees from investor nations, hinder our ability to protect the environment or give foreign companies and governments excessive control over local policies and valuable resources? Under some agreements, basics like protecting the air, water and land we all need for survival can become difficult and expensive.
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Are Your Holiday Cards Bad for the Environment?

Are Your Holiday Cards Bad for the Environment? | Green overdone | Scoop.it
Everyone loves getting a letter during the holidays from someone they know. But you might want to consider the environmental costs before sending out holiday cards in the physical mailbox.
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Online shopping is bad for the environment, Toys R Us boss tells consumers

Online shopping is bad for the environment, Toys R Us boss tells consumers | Green overdone | Scoop.it
“It’s very ungreen,” Toys R Us chief executive Jerry Storch told the Financial Times. “[People are] just so enraptured with how cool it is that they can order anything and get it brought to their home that they aren’t thinking about the carbon footprint of that. But that will change.
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NYC: The Big Apple's Mayor Makes A Very Scary Video

NYC: The Big Apple's Mayor Makes A Very Scary Video | Green overdone | Scoop.it

I didn't know what to make of this when I saw it. I live in Manhattan, in a city where people bike, take buses, subways, trains, live and work in towers where they share elevators, share water, share electricity. I thought my town is setting the example for energy-efficient, communal living. And then, the guy who runs the place, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, releases a study — including (see below) a shocking video — that says, you think New York is great on energy? You think that? Well, check this out...

 

The mayor has an Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability (that includes Jonathan Dickinson and Andrea Tenorio and staff) and they decided to measure how much carbon dioxide escapes into the New York air. To make the data more visual, they assumed every day in New York is a nice day, where the temperature is 59 degrees Fahrenheit, and where, under standard pressure, a ton of CO2 gas would fill a lovely blue bubble 33 feet across like the ones you see down there, rising from the traffic.

 

Then they asked, "if we took all the CO2 coming from vehicles, buildings, power plants across the city and gathered them in a clump, at one spot right next the Empire State Building, how much CO2 is emitted in a single hour? This is what they found.

 

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