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Rich countries' proposal to bypass governments on climate aid rejected

Rich countries' proposal to bypass governments on climate aid rejected | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
US-led group wanted to give $100bn a year directly to MNCs for projects to tackle climate change in developing countries
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Efforts by rich countries to give the money from Green Climate Fund directly to companies, instead of countries, in the developing world has failed. The board has decided to set up a powerful private sector advidory group and investment committe - but it is still not clear how the many will be raised or what it will be used in. 

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Meet the world's best new environment bloggers

Meet the world's best new environment bloggers | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Adam Vaughan: Our international team, on every continent apart from Antarctica, will open up the world's environmental news
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A list to follow and a must to read on all conservation, environment, wildlife, climate change, science, pollution, etc. 

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World can’t wait until 2020 on climate change, says new, highly-disturbing International Energy Agency report

World can’t wait until 2020 on climate change, says new, highly-disturbing International Energy Agency report | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alta.
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We're falling short of the change we need to prevent the impact of climate change.

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PHOTO: This Is Your Supermarket Without Bees

PHOTO: This Is Your Supermarket Without Bees | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Have apples, carrots, lemons or watermelon on your grocery list? Bad news -- without bees, these foods could be much harder to find in the produce section, according to a new campaign from Whole Foods Market.
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Here it is: a world withou bees.

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Europe Finds Cleaner Energy Source by Burning Trash - NYTimes.com

Europe Finds Cleaner Energy Source by Burning Trash - NYTimes.com | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
New incinerators convert rubbish into heat and electricity, reducing energy costs while benefiting the environment.
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A grand exploration on what the possibilities for a green, clean world would be if we could only rally people behind compliance with recycling and sustainability.

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Bloomberg Plan Aims to Require Food Composting

Bloomberg Plan Aims to Require Food Composting | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has tried to curb soda consumption, ban smoking in parks and encourage bike riding, is taking on a new cause: requiring New Yorkers to separate their food scraps for composting.
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NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is to begin the collection of food scraps for composting after pilot programs have been succesfull. Composting is great way to reduce waste and recycle food matter.

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Teaching 'green' at all levels of education - Sustainability

Teaching 'green' at all levels of education - Sustainability | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

Students from preschoolers to teens in Maryland are learning to love the environment in classes on everything from sustainability to plant life cycles, part of a new trend of schools adopting a green curriculum.

The state mandates each high school student graduate with an environmental literacy credit. For Frederick County Public Schools, the curriculum runs from K-12 and is embedded in science and social study classes.

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The state Maryland introduced an "environmental literacy credit" that is mandatory in all levels of education.

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Solar-powered kids! U.S. Elementary and high schools are going solar

Solar-powered kids! U.S. Elementary and high schools are going solar | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
These days, kids are not just learning about solar power. They're also learning with solar!
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Schools in California are being fitted with solar panels.

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Africa’s ‘Avon Ladies’ saving lives door-to-door

Africa’s ‘Avon Ladies’ saving lives door-to-door | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The Avon Company approach to sales – going door-to-door – created an enduring American brand. Now the technique is being used in Africa – and it’s saving lives.
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Small but incredibly powerful change. 

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Roman seawater concrete holds the secret to cutting carbon emissions

Roman seawater concrete holds the secret to cutting carbon emissions | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The chemical secrets of a concrete Roman breakwater that has spent the last 2,000 years submerged in the Mediterranean Sea have been uncovered by an international team of researchers led by Paulo Monteiro of the U.S.
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Going back in time to find a less pollutant alternative to our common "cement glue".

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What if everyone had a car?

What if everyone had a car? | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
There are more than a billion cars in the world today - and by the middle of the century there could be up to four times as many.

Via Pendleton Geography
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Can you imagine if there were 8 billion cars? But believe it or not, these calculations were made in the early 20th century regarding the congestion of... horse-drawn carriages and horse's poo.

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In a world hungry for biofuels, food security must come first

In a world hungry for biofuels, food security must come first | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Olivier De Schutter: Growing crops for food and fuel together can work but farmers and policymakers must prioritise hungry people and think local

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The two must co-exist, without ever jeopardising food security.

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Can we have both food and energy security in the future or do we need to make a choice? 

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The Ocean: An Unlikely Clean-Energy Source (Op-Ed)

The Ocean: An Unlikely Clean-Energy Source (Op-Ed) | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Can the ocean provide our electricity?
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Not sure there are enough plus here and that the pollution issues are addressed properly. It remains an interesting topic but its feasibility is unclear.

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Fracking: some inconvenient truths

Fracking: some inconvenient truths | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Richard Seymour: Any joy at Britain's possibly huge shale gas reserves should be tempered by the toxic chemicals and carcinogens they will bring
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Lest we forget that fracking is hardly green or a solution to anything. The fact that both the UK and the US seem to suddenly have decided to consider it as an alternative is unbelievable.
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How a giant tree's death sparked the conservation movement 160 years ago

How a giant tree's death sparked the conservation movement 160 years ago | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Leo Hickman: 160 years ago a giant sequoia in California was cut down, becoming the inspiration for the national park system
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Amazing. And such as a loss. How could anyone destroy a tree that was living history with 1,244 years?

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Europe: 22,300 premature deaths are cause by coal pollution... every year

Europe: 22,300 premature deaths are cause by coal pollution... every year | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Thanks to a sophisticated health impact assessment model, the scientists were able to estimate both the health and economic impact of the 300 biggest coal plants in Europe, as well as the potential impact of 50 projects still in the planning phases.
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Shocking numbers: The top 300 coal plants cumulative cause an estimate 22,300 premature deaths a year, and the 50 new plants would cause an additional 2,700 premature deaths. There is also a cost estimated to be in the billions of dollars for healthcare and lost working days.

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25,000 Bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot

25,000 Bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
In one of the largest documented bumble bee deaths in the Western U.S, the number of dead bees represents the loss of over 150 colonies. Biologists are looking into what has caused the massive die-off.
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This is a scary number and to show how scary it should be, we'll put up next a great but horrible Whole Foods simulation of what life would be like without bees.

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Asia’s richest man is betting $1.26 billion on the trash crisis

Asia’s richest man is betting $1.26 billion on the trash crisis | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, is pouring money into burning trash.
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If a billionaire is investing on it, what should we think about it? Does it mean it is a viable option, like the NYTimes suggests with the piece on the same topic and its implementation in Denmark? Or is it a way to make money?

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Trash to cash: Norway leads the way in turning waste into energy

Trash to cash: Norway leads the way in turning waste into energy | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
UK cities pay to send rubbish to Norwegian incinerators, but green campaigners warn of dangers
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"Norway is leading the way in turning waste into energy... by burning it. The article mentions that it's "clean trash" and it is environmentally better than letting it rot in landfills. But what is the emission count?" 

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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Linking agriculture and biodiversity can help feed the planet - Sustainability

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Linking agriculture and biodiversity can help feed the planet - Sustainability | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Agricultural biodiversity is the basis of our life on Earth. It is also the basis of healthy and resilient ecosystems.
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A great piece advocating for biodiversity in agriculture, as a way to keep our soils fertile and improve our resilience to climate change.

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Ford CFO’s Sustainability Call Emphasizes Greener Profit

Ford CFO’s Sustainability Call Emphasizes Greener Profit | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Ford Motor Co. Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks’s call today concerning the No. 2 U.S. carmaker’s sustainability efforts shows that going green is falling into the laps of those who control purse strings at more of the world’s largest companies.
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Going green and being sustainable is - rightfully - becoming a concern of those in charge - and in charge of money too. 

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How do we save coral reefs? By stopping deforestation on land.

How do we save coral reefs? By stopping deforestation on land. | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
New research shows a connection between soil errosion and pollution from deforestation, and the decline of coral reefs.
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"What happens to the land, happens to the sea." 

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Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions

Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Part 17 of the Harvesting Justice series
"At one point 'agriculture' was about the culture of food.

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How 'green' are electric cars?

How 'green' are electric cars? | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Nissan has begun production of the first UK-built electric car - but are these vehicles really environment-friendly?

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How green is green?

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How green are electric cars?
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Power Plants | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Power Plants | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Sustainability and Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

Think about it. Everything you have ever eaten, or will ever eat, can ultimately be traced back to an organism carrying out photosynthesis.


Via Meristemi, Eve Emshwiller, Mary Williams
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