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Restricting the franchise

Restricting the franchise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
POLITICO led this morning with a piece arguing that Mitt Romney's clay feet on the subject of national security threaten to turn him into John Kerry. I don't quite...
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Nothing Farcical About anti-Muhammad Film

Nothing Farcical About anti-Muhammad Film | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As history repeats itself, the only thing ludicrous is the incessant stubbornness of both the West's commitment to "free speech" and the Muslim world's rush to violence, the irony of which is lost upon them both.
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4 Business Ideas: How to Sell "De-growth" & Profit in the Process

4 Business Ideas: How to Sell "De-growth" & Profit in the Process | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this post in our series based on Worldwatch’s State of the World 2012 report, Assadourian points to sectors that will be winners in an economy that ratchets down its growth.
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World Environment News - In unlikely turn, conservationists lobby to save Gulf oil rigs - Planet Ark

In an ironic twist, scientists, fishermen and conservationists are urging that hundreds of dormant oil rigs be left standing in the Gulf of Mexico, arguing that a federal plan to remove them will endanger coral reefs and fish.
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B.C. ignoring massive carbon emissions: report

B.C. ignoring massive carbon emissions: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
British Columbia is not taking responsibility for vast amounts of its greenhouse gas emissions, says a paper to be released Thursday by the Sierra Club of B.C.
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Water: Utilities brace for clash between stricter drinking water regs, CO2 emissions rules -- report -- 09/12/2012 -- www.eenews.net

Existing environmental regulations hamper the ability of water utilities to adapt to climate change, says a leading research foundation in a new report.
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Sea Otters Strike a Blow for the Environment?

Sea Otters Strike a Blow for the Environment? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When hungry sea otters smack spiky urchins against rocks on their chests, the mammals may also be striking a blow against climate change.
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Opinion: How would Jesus vote? — The Daily Climate

Opinion: How would Jesus vote? — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If there's one trait politicians of all stripes share, it's that they all roll out the Good Book when it suits their purposes. For a few election cycles, the GOP claimed to be the Lord's standard-bearer, but recently people of faith across the aisle rallied their troops with similar claims, saying Democratic policies best represent a Christian perspective.

For people who say there's no place for religion in politics, I say: Get over it. For believers, and I am one, voting is an act of conscience. And separating conscience from faith is like separating your circulatory system from your body.

Still, it's possible for people of faith to arrive at different conclusions on public policy, and also differ on the question: "How would Jesus vote?"

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EZWaste entre os premiados dos Green Project Awards

EZWaste entre os premiados dos Green Project Awards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A Compta e a Soma desenvolveram uma solução (EZWaste) que permite ganhos de rentabilidade e produtividade nas equipas e nos meios afectos à gestão de resíduos sólidos urbanos. O software permite efectuar toda a gestão operacional da recolha de resíduos, com enfoque na redução de custos operacionais.
Esta solução vertical é bastante abrangente, proporcionando uma eficaz gestão das recolhas através da detecção das "melhores rotas", identificação de contentores por RFID ou de GPS, entre outras formas de responder aos grandes desafios que o sector atravessa hoje.
O projecto foi um dos vencedores da 5ª edição do Green Project Awards, que ficaram conhecidos esta manhã. Areias do Seixo Empreendimentos Hoteleiros, CENIMAT/Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, ISA - Intelligent Sensing Anywhere, Sociedade Ponto Verde e Spheraa - Produção de Energia foram outros dos galardoados entre os 200 projectos a concurso.
Foram ainda atribuídas sete menções honrosas que distinguiram projectos da Amb3E - Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Resíduos, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Lipor - Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto, Modelo Continente Hipermercados, Rodoviária de Lisboa, Simtejo e Universidade Fernando Pessoa/Universidade do Minho.


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Nonprofit hopes to help small biz plug into energy efficiency

While programs to aid and encourage large firms to reduce their energy consumption have been popular and helped to keep electricity consumption in check over the last few years in the state, small businesses have had difficulty accessing the programs due to financial and time constraints, Wrice said.

"You can't keep doing the Pratt & Whitneys of the world," she said. "At some point, you have to target these smaller businesses. Otherwise you're going to have ... boarded up main streets."


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Sustainability @ Thomson Reuters – It’s good business

Sustainability @ Thomson Reuters – It’s good business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Our new website on sustainability offers insights, resources and news from across our business and from trusted partners..."

 

AN : it is exciting to see such a powerhouse media group as Thomson Reuters putting together a comprehensive website for information on sustainability....

 

"Welcome to our new website, Sustainability. We are bringing together resources from across the enterprise, combined with valuable partner content, into a single space to enable dialogue and support our customers in their efforts to find a more sustainable pathway for their businesses and communities.

"Focusing on sustainability – for ourselves and for our customers – is good business," says CEO Jim Smith. "This new Thomson Reuters website encompasses a broad range of issues, products and practices concerning the environment, economies, corporate citizenship and risk management. It is intended to serve and encourage sustainability initiatives across the global community of professionals."

Drawing on the expertise and information we have in this field, Sustainability is where knowledge – news, analysis, insight - can be found. Where new ideas can be explored and those important conversations can begin."

http://goo.gl/7JIOt


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Conférence environnementale (1) : que veulent les acteurs du green business ?

Conférence environnementale (1) : que veulent les acteurs du green business ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"La conférence environnementale voulue par François Hollande démarre vendredi 14 septembre à Paris. Pendant deux jours, des experts vont plancher sur cinq grands thèmes : le futur débat sur la transition énergétique, la biodiversité, les risques sanitaires environnementaux, le financement de la transition et la fiscalité écologique et enfin l'amélioration de la gouvernance environnementale."


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Survey: Employees 'passing the buck' on energy saving

Survey: Employees 'passing the buck' on energy saving | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
E.ON trains 4,000 frontline staff in energy saving, after survey finds small businesses are failing to take responsibility for energy efficiency measures...

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Finding God in the Party Platforms

Finding God in the Party Platforms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What matters is whether the platform shows an intention to honor God's call for action that we care for each other as neighbors and work to heal the sick, feed the hungry and protect those in need.
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Australia Defines Best Algae Cultivation Locations :Algae Industry Magazine

Australia Defines Best Algae Cultivation Locations :Algae Industry Magazine | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have identified a number of Western Australia (WA) sites capable of producing large quantities of commercial biofuel from microalgae...
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Green R&D: Companies Betting Big On Green Innovation

Green R&D: Companies Betting Big On Green Innovation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

'Green R&D: Companies Betting Big On Green - The green tech revolution continues to spread worldwide. - Innovation' blog post by Hazel Henderson.

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World Environment News - Coal power to drive U.S. emissions higher next year: report - Planet Ark

U.S. fossil fuel emissions will rise 2.8 percent next year as higher costs for natural gas prompt power plant operators to switch to coal, according to a government energy report released on Wednesday.
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Shell Starts U.S. Offshore Drilling as Nations Mull Changed Arctic

Shell Starts U.S. Offshore Drilling as Nations Mull Changed Arctic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shell begins Arctic drilling. While some focus on spill risk, summit leaders consider the wider environmental impact of opening a new industrial frontier.
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Bayer, Nestle Lead Carbon-Cutting Effort as Climate Risk Grows

Bayer, Nestle Lead Carbon-Cutting Effort as Climate Risk Grows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bayer AG and Nestle SA are leading efforts to measure and cut emissions as companies increasingly view extreme weather events caused by climate change as a threat to their business, the Carbon Disclosure Project said.
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Scientist warns of heavier storms, more algae

An increasingly warm climate is worsening the problem of harmful Great Lakes algae blooms by boosting the intensity of spring rains that wash phosphorus into the waters, a scientist said Wednesday during a conference for advocates and policymakers.

The trend is likely to continue over the coming century, heightening the urgency to control runoff of dissolved phosphorus that promotes excessive algae growth, said Don Scavia, director of the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute.

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The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck - by Jason Silva

Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive...


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Envisioning the future of health technology

Envisioning the future of health technology | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Technology is the ultimate democratizing force in society. Over time, technology raises lowest common denominators by reducing costs and connecting people across the world. Medical technology is no exception to this trend: previously siloed repositories of information and expensive diagnostic methods are rapidly finding a global reach and enabling both patients and practitioners to make better use of information.

This visualization is an exercise in speculating about which individual technologies are likely to affect the scenario of health in the coming decades. Arranged in six broad areas, the forecast covers a multitude of research and developments that are likely to disrupt the future of healthcare.


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Development must be less about growth, more about wellbeing

Development must be less about growth, more about wellbeing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
People and their wellbeing need to be at the centre of development, with less emphasis on economic growth, according to a new report, but this requires philanthropic and development organisations to challenge current thinking.

"Development is political," said the final report of the Bellagio Initiative, a six-month exploration into the future of philanthropy and international development. "Not everyone can be a winner at the same time, but if no one among the winners is prepared to give up just a little in order to reach politically sustainable solutions, then we will all lose out. The real wellbeing challenge is not just to find ways to live well, but for us to find ways to live well together."


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Le Parlement européen dit non à la surexploitation des maquereaux

Les eurodéputés ont approuvé mercredi de nouvelles règles permettant à la Commission européenne d'interdire des importations de poissons dont les stocks sont surexploités.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, degrowth economy and ecology
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